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Pirate excavation may take 3 years

THE NATION | Nation in Brief / NORTH CAROLINA

March 04, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

A shipwreck off the North Carolina coast believed to be that of famous pirate Blackbeard could be fully excavated in three years.

"That's really our target," said Steve Claggett, the state archeologist, while discussing 10 years of research conducted since the shipwreck was found just off Atlantic Beach.

The ship ran aground in 1718, and some researchers believe it was a French slave ship Blackbeard captured in 1717 and renamed Queen Anne's Revenge.

So far, about 15% of the shipwreck has been recovered.

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