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Blackbeard's cannon to be recovered next Wednesday.

London, Oct 23 (ANI): Scientists are preparing to recover an eight-foot, one-ton cannon as early as Wednesday, October 26, from the 300-year-old wreck of the notorious pirate Blackbeard's flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge.

Encased in a cement-like concretion of sand, salt and sea life, the total encasement, along with the cannon, holds the promise of containing other artefacts, reports Popular Archaeology.

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources' Underwater Archaeology Branch, that is leading the research at the wreck site since 1997, hope that it will offer more than the sum of its parts.

The expectation is not unreasonable, as previous recoveries, which included 12 other cannons from the wreck, yielded artifacts from their concretions such as cannon shot, gun flints, and other items of life aboard the vessel.

The process involves careful, systematic removal of the concretion layers, which could take as much as five years to complete

The shipwreck was initially located in 1996 by Intersal, Inc., of Florida, a private research firm. Since then, systematic recovery and recording of the artifacts have taken place through a coordinated effort involving a number of organizations and institutions under the auspices of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

More than 280,000 artifacts have been recovered to date, including such items as shackles, a fragment of a crystal wine glass, bar shot (projectiles fired from a cannon), a nesting cup lid, and items related to rigging. (ANI)

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