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Presentation on “Archeology of Town Life on the Eve of the American Revolution” to Be Held at Harford Community College

13 April 2023

Harford Community College and the Archaeological Society of Northern Chesapeake will present “Archeology of Town Life on the Eve of the American Revolution” on Friday, April 28 in Harford Community College’s Edgewood Hall, Room 132. James Gibb, of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s (SERC) Environmental Archeology Laboratory (SEAL), will be the featured speaker. An anthropology student poster display will be available for viewing at 6 PM. The presentation begins at 7 PM. The event is free, and the public is welcome to attend. Use Entrance 3 (off Thomas Run Road at the traffic circle). Parking is available in Lot E, directly across from Edgewood Hall.

On the eve of the American Revolution, leaders gathered in each of the Colonies, debated the pros and cons of rebelling against the King and Parliament, and planned resistance against British troops. Much of that gathering occurred in taverns in the larger towns. The gatherings in some taverns proclaimed allegiance to the King, while those in others demanded independence. Archeological excavations in such Chesapeake town sites as Londontown, Port Tobacco, and Joppa reveal what these towns were like and may begin to identify the allegiances of tavern patrons. This illustrated presentation explores what archeology tells us about town life on the eve of the Revolution.

The event is being held in conjunction with Maryland Archeology Month. For more information, email John Donahue, Associate Professor of Sociology at Harford, at

Archeology of Town Life on the Eve of the American Revolution

American Revolution Presentation



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