X Marks the Spot: The Archaeology of Piracy / Edition 1

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This collection piques the imagination with historical evidence about the actual exploits of pirates as revealed in the archaeological record. The recent discovery of the wreck of Blackbeard's Queen Anne’s Revenge, off Beaufort Inlet, North Carolina, has provoked scientists to ask, What is a pirate? Were pirates sea-going terrorists, lawless rogues who plundered, smuggled, and illegally transported slaves, or legitimate corsairs and privateers? Highlighting such pirate vessels as the Speaker, which sailed in the Indian Ocean, and the Whydah, the first pirate ship discovered in North America (near the tip of Cape Cod), the contributors analyze what constitutes a pirate ship and how it is different from a contemporary merchant or naval vessel.
 
Examining excavated underwater "treasure sites" and terrestrial pirate lairs found off the coast of Madagascar, throughout the Caribbean, and within the United States, the authors explore the romanticized "Golden Age of Piracy," a period brimming with the real-life exploits of Captain Kidd, Blackbeard, Henry Morgan, and the "gentleman pirate" Jean Lafitte. This book will appeal to the general public, with special interest to anthropologists, archaeologists, historians, and divers.

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Russell K. Skowronek is associate professor of anthropology and founder of the Archaeology Research Lab at Santa Clara University. Charles R. Ewen is professor of anthropology and director of the Archaeology Laboratories at East Carolina University.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Pirates and merchants : Port Royal, Jamaica 13
3 On the trail of Jean Lafitte 31
4 Contraband traders, lawless vagabonds, and the British settlement and occupation of Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras 44
5 A mariner's utopia : pirates and logwood in the Bay of Honduras 64
6 Piracy in the Indian Ocean : Mauritius and the pirate ship Speaker 81
7 Christopher Condent's Fiery Dragon : investigating an early eighteenth-century pirate shipwreck off the coast of Madagascar 100
8 The pirate ship Whydah 131
9 The pirate ship Queen Anne's Revenge 160
10 The Beaufort inlet shipwreck artifact assemblage 196
11 Going to see the varmint : piracy in myth and reality on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, 1785-1830 219
12 Identifying the victims of piracy in the Spanish Caribbean 248
13 Pirate imagery 271
14 X marks the spot - or does it? : anthropological insights into the origins and continuity of fiction and fact in the study of piracy 282
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