EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Blackbeard Pirate Relics, Gold Found

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Blackbeard Pirate Relics, Gold Found?
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A copper-alloy sword guard was recently found in a shipwreck thought to be Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge, archaeologists said in March 2009.

The guard would have sat between the sword's steel blade and its wooden handle. An x-ray of the sword guard (bottom) shows a small hole where a decorative chain might have been attached.

Infamous pirate Blackbeard grounded his ship while trying to enter the harbor of Beaufort, North Carolina in 1718.

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—Photograph courtesy Wendy M. Welsh, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
 
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