Blackbeard’s Sunken Prize: Excavation and Analysis of the Pirate’s Flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge

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Linda F. Carnes-McNaughton


Fort Lewis College – Student Union Building


“Blackbeard’s Sunken Prize: Excavation and Analysis of the Pirate’s Flagship, Queen Anne’s Revengewill be the topic of the third annual San Juan Basin Archaeological Society’s John W. Sanders (JWS) Lecture, by Linda F. Carnes-McNaughton, PhD, RPA, Independent Scholar and Co-Author, Blackbeard’s Sunken Prize. (UNC Press 2018). Co-sponsored with the Fort Lewis College (FLC) Anthropology Department, the lecture will be held at the FLC Student Union Ballroom, on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., preceded by a cookie reception at 6:30. p.m.


Dr. Carnes-McNaughton’s lecture will describe, first, a brief historical introduction to Captain Edward Thatch, aka Blackbeard, and what recent research has revealed about the pirate, his family, and his operations. Secondly, the lecture will discuss the discovery and recovery of the shipwreck and archaeological investigations of the Queen Anne’s Revenge site. Her talk will highlight the artifacts recovered so far, their cultural meaning and a brief interpretation of what two decades of work tells us about colonial piracy in general and Blackbeard, specifically.


Tickets for the lecture, at a cost of $10.00, plus $3.00 in convenience fees, are available, at the Durango Welcome Center, in person, at 970-247-7657 or at www.durangoconcerts.com. Tickets, if still available, may be purchased at the door, cash or check only, starting at 6:00 p.m. at a cost of $15. Five dollars of the price of all tickets will support the SJBAS Internship and Education Fund, which provides, annually, two FLC student internships at the Center of Southwest Studies and summer FLC archaeology field school scholarships.


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