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Scientists see NC efforts to save shipwreck

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Scientists from more than a dozen countries will get to see North Carolina's efforts to preserve the ship believed to be the flagship of the pirate Blackbeard.

The researchers are attending a conference in Greenville about preserving wet archaeological remains. The conference began Tuesday and ends Friday.

On Wednesday, they will go on a tour of the Queen Anne's Revenge shipwreck project lab, led by Sarah Watkins-Kenney, the chief conservator of the project.

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, East Carolina University and Colonial Williamsburg Foundation are hosting the conference, which is being held at ECU. Eighty conservators and scientists who preserve wet archaeological remains will review the challenges and progress in their work.

Florida-based research firm Intersal Inc. located the shipwreck in 1996 off the North Carolina coast.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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