Anthropology’s Ford Gives Public Lecture at Washington Crossing Historic Park

Posted on 9/10/2018 3:18:48 PM

Durham boats were the principal boats used to move George Washington’s troops across the Delaware River to attack Trenton. Anthropologist Ben Ford recently excavated and recorded the only known archaeological example of a Durham boat.

His lecture, “The Discovery of an Original Durham Boat,” focused on the role of Durham boats in Washington’s crossing of the Delaware as well as the economic development of the region. Ford also used the ship construction details and specific characteristics of a Durham boat shipwreck that he recently recorded in Oneida Lake, NY to explain how these vessels worked both in the crossing and as the 18-wheelers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

This research was partially supported by an IUP Senate Research Committee Grant.

Department of Anthropology