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Capt. Kidd's purported pirate treasure discovered off Madagascar

A team led by U.S. archaeologist Barry Clifford found the silver slab near the wreckage of what is believed to be Capt. William Kidd's ship, the Adventure Gallery.

By Ben Hooper
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ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, May 7 (UPI) -- Archaeologists off the coast of Madagascar discovered a slab of silver government officials said may have belonged to notorious Scottish pirate Captain Kidd.

A joint U.S.-British team of archaeologists, led by U.S. explorer Barry Clifford, discovered the 110-pound silver slab, which appears to have the letters "S" and "T" carved into it along with other symbols, off the coast of Sainte Marie, near where Clifford found the purported wreckage of 17th century Scottish pirate William Kidd's ship, the Adventure Gallery, more than a decade ago.

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The bar was presented Thursday to Madagascar President Hery Rajaonarimampianina in a ceremony attended by British and U.S. diplomats. The office of the president tweeted pictures of the silver slab and said the item is believed to have been "treasure" from Kidd's ship.

Clifford's team believes the ship wreckage and silver slab, which is believed to have originated in Bolivia, to be genuine remnants from the Adventure Gallery, which sank in April of 1698.

Kidd was hanged for piracy in London in 1701.

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