Partnership enables preservation of artifacts from Queen Anne's Revenge

May 1, 2014

ECU News Services

A 10-year partnership between the Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Laboratory at East Carolina University and the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources was cause for celebration April 30 in Greenville.

The laboratory officially opened in 2004 to support the ongoing archaeological conservation efforts for the examination, conservation and documentation of artifacts recovered from the Queen Anne’s Revenge, Blackbeard’s flagship. The ship wrecked off the North Carolina coast, near Beaufort Inlet, in 1718.

Artifacts are recovered from the site under the direction of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources’ Underwater Archaeology Branch, then shipped to the ECU facility. There the artifacts are submerged in tanks, waiting to be conserved and prepared for display in the North Carolina Maritime Museum.

Billy Ray Morris, deputy state archeologist, said he hopes the teams can complete recovery of all artifacts within the next two years.

(Photos by Cliff Hollis)