Pirate Plunder: The Potential for Identifying the Material Culture of Piracy in the Historical Record

Author(s): David Moore

Year: 2018

Summary

The Queen Anne’s Revenge Shipwreck Project has been ongoing for over two decades. While ample consideration has been given to potentially identifying those artifacts recovered from the wreck of Blackbeard’s flagship that represent a piratical signature, limited attention has been paid to extracting information from the historical record in regards to the material culture plundered by pirates from the prizes that were captured.  There is in fact much information revealed in the various letters, reports, depositions, trial records, etc. relating to the material culture that changed hands when pirates captured ships.  This paper will briefly examine these records and their potential for supplementing the on-going archaeological research on Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge.

Cite this Record

Pirate Plunder: The Potential for Identifying the Material Culture of Piracy in the Historical Record. David Moore. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441237)

Keywords

Temporal Keywords
1690-1730

Spatial Coverage

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

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 811