X Marks the Spot…Or Does It? Fact and Fiction in the Study of Piracy

Russell Skowronek (University of Texas–Pan American)

Membership Lecture, The New Mexico History Museum Auditorium

Thursday, October 15, 2009, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members

“Buccaneer of the Caribbean”“Buccaneer of the Caribbean”From Howard Pyle’s Book of Pirates.“Buccaneer of the Caribbean”From Howard Pyle’s Book of Pirates.

Since the publication of Treasure Island, pirates and piracy have been romanticized in print and films like Captain Blood and Pirates of the Caribbean as rustic egalitarians preying on the wealth of empires. How do popular notions of piracy mesh with the reality of the archaeological record? Dr. Russell Skowronek examines whether evidence uncovered by archaeologists supports the fictional ideas.

Video editing by SAR volunteer John Sadd

Sponsored by Starline Printing and Santa Fe Audio Visual

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