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For Immediate Release:
May 14, 2013
Media Contact:
Cathy Guerra
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305-235-1668

Free Lecture at The Deering Estate At Cutler: ''Underwater Archaeology: Queen Anne's Revenge and Blackbeard''


In partnership with the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida, the Deering Estate at Cutler presents a free lecture on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm. Lectures are held in the Visitor Center Auditorium at the Deering Estate at Cutler located at 16701 SW 72 Avenue. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Thursday, June 13th at 7:00 pm
Topic: "Underwater Archaeology: Queen Anne's Revenge and Blackbeard"
Presenter: Joshua Marano, Maritime Archaeologist
Visitor Center Auditorium
FREE & open to the public.

Maritime Archaeologist Joshua Marano will discuss his involvement in the archaeological excavation of the notorious pirate Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge (QAR) shipwreck off the North Carolina coast.  The vessel, originally a French slave ship named La Concorde, was captured by the pirate near the Caribbean island of Martinique in 1717.  Renamed the Queen Anne's Revenge, the ship became Blackbeard's flagship in a fleet of pirated vessels that menaced shipping and coastal towns throughout the Caribbean and long the eastern coast of North America.

The wreck of the QAR was rediscovered in about 25 feet of water approximately 1.5 miles off Beaufort Inlet in 1996.  Following the vessel's discovery, the State of North Carolina decided to excavate and fully recover the remains of QAR and, while often affected by both weather and budget/resource constraints, regular archaeological investigations and excavations have been performed on the site since 1997.  Mr. Marano will be discussing the history of the pirate Blackbeard, the loss of his flagship Queen Anne's Revenge, its subsequent rediscovery, and current archaeological investigations by the State of North Carolina while focusing on the project's unique methodologies and overall goals.  Additionally, Mr. Marano will discuss the most recent discoveries made during the 2012 field season, ongoing research, and future plans for the wreck.

Joshua Marano is a recent graduate from East Carolina University's Program in Maritime Studies and has earned a MA degree in maritime history and nautical archaeology where his research focused on the application of social theory to maritime archaeology.  Mr. Marano is currently working as an archaeological intern with the American Conservation Experience (ACE) and will be working at Biscayne National Park through October 2013.  

About the Deering Estate at Cutler
The Deering Estate at Cutler, a Miami-Dade County Park, is located at 16701 SW 72 Avenue in Miami. This 444-acre natural and archeological preserve and historic site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a center for education, culture and recreation. Historic house tours are offered daily at 10:30 am & 3:00 pm. Natural areas tours are offered daily at 12:30 pm (October - May). EcoAdventure Tours are also offered throughout the year for an additional fee. For more information on the Deering Estate's educational and cultural programs, please visit www.deeringestate.org.

About the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida
The Archaeological Society of Southern Florida (ASSF) was established in 1949. The ASSF operates as a non-profit, volunteer organization which acts as a support mechanism for the office of the Miami-Dade County Archaeologist, serves as a focal point for local archaeology enthusiasts and professionals in the field, and helps to promote knowledge and appreciation of native archaeological and historical sites in the South Florida area.