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Bones believed to be N.C. pirate will be tested

Posted June 10, 2010
Updated June 17, 2010

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— The family of a Colonial-era resident of Bath will get to finally bury his remains.

The bones were uncovered in 1986 during a construction project and have been kept in storage by the state Department of Cultural Resources ever since.

Raleigh researcher and Outer Banks historian Kevin Duffus thinks the bones are the remains of Edward Salter, a former member of Blackbeard's pirate crew who died 275 years ago.

Salter's descendants have asked that the Smithsonian Institute look into the claim and test the bones for clues to the physical activities, place of birth, age and cause of death of the person.

After the tests are complete, the bones will be returned to Beaufort County for reburial.

Joan Blount Bass of Rogersville, Mo., an eighth-generation descendant of Salter will visit the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology Research Center in Raleigh Friday to take possession of the bones.


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  • shortcake53 Jun 17, 2010

    Facsinating! I hope they let us know what they found later on.

  • wildcat Jun 17, 2010

    A waste of tax payers money.

  • fisherphil Jun 17, 2010

    ya'll should read Kevin Duffus's book

  • loyalgirl1111 Jun 17, 2010

    Pretty cool. Wondering why they think the bones belong to Salter?
    What clued them in.
    Hope to see follow-up!

  • Raditude Jun 17, 2010

    How cool! I hope they follow up and post if they are pirate bones or not!

  • Adelinthe Jun 17, 2010


    I would imagine this testing is expensive...no?

    God bless.


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  • csplantlover Jun 17, 2010

    Why has it taken this long to have the bones examined - why have they been in "storage" for all this time?