Archaeological Society to begin Delaware Speaker Series Sept. 19

Presentation on the Corbit Tannery – A Delaware Industry Lost In Time
September 5, 2013

The Archaeological Society of Delaware Speaker Series begins 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Lewes Historical Society School House.

A PowerPoint presentation will be given by John Bansch, current volunteer of the Historic Odessa Foundation and past president of the Sussex Chapter of the Archaeological Society of Delaware, 2006-10.

Bansch will present “The Corbit Tannery - A Delaware Industry Lost In Time.” The presentation will highlight the importance of tanneries in Colonial Delaware and describe what a tannery looked like. The historical research during the past year regarding current effort to locate the lost Corbit Tannery in Odessa through archaeological methods will be shown.

Bansch is an avocational archaeologist who lives in Townsend. He has participated in various archaeological projects during the past seven years, including the Roosevelt Inlet Shipwreck Project in Lewes, Avery’s Rest Site in Rehoboth, Cannon-Maston Site in Seaford, Wildcat Manor Site in Dover and the Seawall Restoration Project at Fort Delaware.

The Speaker Series continues on Nov. 21, Jan. 16, March 20 and May 5.

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