Pirates As Men Of Measure: Examining Tools And Equipment From The QAR Shipwreck

Author(s): Linda F. Carnes-McNaughton

Year: 2018


In the biblical sense, a "man of measure" is large, even monumental; he is a walking building, or walking sanctuary or human idol.  Pirates too could fit this description as their stature is measured in lore and legend.  But this paper focuses on the assemblage of specialized tools and equipment found on the sunken ship known as Queen Anne’s Revenge, Blackbeard’s lost flagship. These artifacts, recovered during the past 20 years, reflect an active engagement with measurements of all types and all things; nautical, astronomical, medical, personal, economical, tactical and ballistical, even horological. This study presents an overview of these items recovered from the wreck in their contextual and temporal settings, and how they were used by pirates in the early 1700s. Some we assume were stolen, or selectively appropriated, while some were essential.

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Pirates As Men Of Measure: Examining Tools And Equipment From The QAR Shipwreck. Linda F. Carnes-McNaughton. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441231)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 316