In November 1996, North Carolina archaeologists learned of an extraordinary shipwreck off the coast near Beaufort Inlet. Though identification is still tentative, many researchers believe the remains belong to the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the long lost flagship of Blackbeard, the pirate.
Many of the recovered artifacts will be included in the exhibit, “Queen Anne’s Revenge: the Search for Blackbeard’s Flagship,” opening at Wake Forest University’s Museum of Anthropology Aug. 20. The ship’s bell, a blunderbuss barrel and several other objects will be on display.
Mark Wilde-Ramsing, the underwater archaeologist heading the recovery project, will speak at the museum on Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Through a slide presentation, he will bring the audience up to date on the artifacts recovered and the evidence supporting that the “Queen Anne’s Revenge” was, in fact, Blackbeard’s ship. Wilde-Ramsing earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology at Wake Forest in 1974.
“The Search for Blackbeard’s Flagship” will be at the museum from Aug. 20-Sept. 14. The exhibit is provided by the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort.
Admission to the exhibit and lecture are free. The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For information, call 336-758-5282.
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