The Queen Anne's Revenge project of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources is more than Blackbeard and pirates. It's about educating the next generation on colonial life, making a true economic impact in the Crystal Coast region and creating partnerships to foster breakthroughs in archaeological research.
The work done on the project tells us about much more than who Blackbeard was and how pirates lived. It sheds light on the wider political, economic and social systems of the colonial period in North Carolina and beyond. Tens of thousands of artifacts recovered give us a clearer picture of how people lived during that time period.
The work that QAR team does brings the national spotlight on the Crystal Coast region. Stories in publications like National Geographic and the Los Angeles Times help raise the profile of the region and draw visitors. The Blackbeard exhibit at the N.C. Maritime Museum at Beaufort has drawn more than 300,000 visitors in the past year alone.
The project draws together some of the leading scientists in the nation from institutions including East Carolina University, N.C. Marine Fisheries and the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources to collaborate and use the latest techniques in the science of preservation. The project also provides students with hands-on learning experiences in maritime history, archaeology and preservation.