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Clark: New voice to lost civilization

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Our recent cold nights might conjure images of pitch skies and flickering campfires and civilizations stretching back hundreds of years beyond our pale colonial history on this countryside. They also can quietly suggest lives lived and lost — but happily, not forgotten.

This past week East Carolina University marked what became the climactic moment of a war not top of mind for most of us — the 300th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Nooherooka.

For many, including myself, this piece of our past had long been hidden in the shadows of other history — of colonization, revolution, civil war. Until recently, I had little understanding of the life this region had supported for century upon century until that civilization was uprooted here 300 years ago.

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Bless your heart
Bless your heart