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Anchor and Cannon Will Be Showcased at 'Queen Anne's Revenge' Lab Open House April 21
The archaeological lab for the "Queen Anne's Revenge" shipwreck project will hold an open house Saturday, April 21, for visitors to see how 300-year-old artifacts from Blackbeard's flagsip are conserved.
From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. visitors will learn about the science concerning QAR, Blackbeard's flagship that ran aground near Beaufort, N.C., in 1718. Items on display will include a 12-foot anchor and an 8-foot pirate cannon.
Cannons, anchors, ballast stones and other recovered artifacts housed at the lab will be presented in various stages of conservation. Through hands-on demonstrations, archaeologists, conservatorsand other scientists will explain their work.
Visitors will be able to learn first-hand as they look down a microscope at some of the smallest artifacts, determine how much a ballast stone weighs, guess the weight of the largest artifact, see x-rays of objects encased in a cement-like shell during the early stages of conservation, and much more.
Since 1997, the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources' Underwater Archaeology Branch (UAB) has led research at the shipwreck site. The wreck was located in November 1996 by Intersal, Inc., with information provided to Operations Director Mike Daniel by company president Phil Masters.
For additional information on the open house call (252) 744-6721. The QAR Lab is located at East Carolina University's West Research Campus, 1157 VOA Site C Road, Greenville, NC 27834.
The QAR shipwreck project has given insight into the life of the notorious pirate Blackbeard. Investigation of his flagship offers many clues to maritime life in that period. The wreck has been the subject of worldwide news coverage through print and broadcast media, and documentaries by the BBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, UNC-TV, and other outlets.
The Queen Anne's Revenge site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004. UAB plans full recovery of the site by 2013, and so far more than 280,000 artifacts have been recovered. The artifacts will remain as an intact collection under the control of Cultural Resources. The N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort is the repository for artifacts from the QAR.
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. It champions North Carolina's creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state's economy. To learn more, visit http://www.ncculture.com.
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