The Archaeology of a British Warship”, with Chuck Fithian, Lecturer in Anthropology at Washington College. Visitor Center Auditorium, 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City, MD 20686. On May 25, 1798, while on convoy escort duty, the British sloop of war DeBraak was struck by a sudden squall, capsized, and foundered on the Delaware coast. Discovered in 1984, the surviving hull remnant and its associated artifact collection represent a rare and unparalleled view into the material world of shipboard life aboard a Royal Navy vessel. This warship’s presence in American waters is an archaeological expression of important events that were affecting and linking the lives of diverse peoples living in the Atlantic world of the late eighteenth century. The life of the sailor of the eighteenth century is frequently misunderstood, hidden by their distinctive lifestyle and longstanding popular mythology. Using information derived from the study of the DeBraak and its artifacts, this presentation will provide an alternate archaeological perspective on the world of the naval sailor. It will show the complexities of their “wooden world,” and place it into the wider context of maritime culture, naval warfare, and the historical events shaping the period. Free (240) 895-4990 or info@HSMCdigshistory.org. www.HSMCdigshistory.org.