BEAUFORT–As part of “National Archaeology Day” the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will host a number of fun-filled activities related to the Queen Anneâ€™s Revenge (QAR) project on Saturday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. With a focus on artifacts recovered from the wreck of Blackbeard’s flagship, conservators will explain how the items are freed from the cement-like casings called concretions after nearly 300 years in the ocean.
Free family fun, educational entertainment, and 18th century tools last touched by pirates will provide a unique experience for all audiences on Community Day. Games, crafts, weapon demonstrations, and a chance to talk with members of the research team also are part of the day’s activities.
In June 1718, the Queen Anne’s Revenge ran aground in Beaufort Inlet. The shipwreck was located in 1996 by Intersal, Inc. of Florida by Operations Director Mike Daniel through research provided by Intersal President Phil Masters. Since 1997 the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources’ Underwater Archaeology Branch has led research at the wreck site. The fall dive expedition will conclude later this month and updates are available at on the project’s website.
The N.C. Maritime Museum is located at 315 Front Street in Beaufort. Museum hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Admission to the museum is free. For more information, call (252) 728-7317 or visit the museum’s website. The Maritime Museum in Beaufort is a unit of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. For more on North Carolina arts, culture and history, visit Cultural Resources online.