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Pirate Captain Black Sam Bellamy’s body found?

The thigh of Captain “Black Sam” Bellamy, the world’s richest pirate, may have been found in a large concretion on board of his sunken ship, the Whydah Gally. Researchers are conducting a DNA test to see if it really is the remains of the famous pirate.

A mysterious human bone recovered from Cape Cod, the Whydah shipwreck, does not belong to a well-known English pirate, experts have confirmed.

The Whydah Pirate Museum in Yarmouth, Mass. announced on Thursday that the bone is not of the notorious pirate Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy. The museum had enlisted the help of forensic scientists at the University of New Haven in order to extract DNA and compare it to the DNA of a living Bellamy descendant in the U. K.

The testing determined that the bone was from a man with general links to the Eastern Mediterranean area, but is not Bellamy.

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The Whydah sank in a storm in 1717, with the loss of 102 lives. Bellamy’s body was among the 40 who were never found or identified. The wreck was discovered in 1984.

The museum publicly displayed in the mystery of the bone in February. The bone, thought to be a femur, was found near what is believed to be Bellamy’s gun.

The bone had been extracted from a 3,600 kilos of “concretion” — a large part of the hardened sand and artifacts taken from the wreckage of a number of years ago, the Cape Cod Times reported.

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More than 200 concretions are located on the wreck.

Since the discovery, around 20,000 coins have been recovered from the wreckage, although most of his wealth is thought to remain on the bottom of the sea. Coins and precious metals from the shipwreck are valued at more than $400 million, according to Coinworld.

Bellamy had seized 54 ships in a little more than two years prior to the Whydah, the sink, feeds the speculation that the wreck with treasures laden. Forbes has a list of the English pirate as the highest-earning pirate ever, the looting of about $120 million worth of the treasure in little more than a year.

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Pirate-related archaeological finds continue to be a source of fascination. Experts, for example, has recently made a remarkable discovery about pirates’ reading habits after the deciphering of paper fragments recovered from the wreck of the ship of Blackbeard.

In 2015, treasure said to belong to the pirate Captain Kidd was found by divers from the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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