Published September 21, 2016

Cheers!

Archaeology lecture to address bars and taverns throughout history
  • Communities formed in and around venues serving alcohol is nothing new, as evidenced in “Tavern Scene” (1658) by Flemish artist David Teniers the Younger.
Two speakers at Monmouth College will address the desire throughout history to have a place “where everybody knows your name.”

The University of Iowa’s Sarah Bond and Tom Keegan will deliver an archaeology lecture on Sept. 28 titled “’The Local’: Mapping Real and Imagined Taverns, Pubs and Breweries from Antiquity to Modernity.”
Their talk will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Pattee Auditorium in the Center for Science and Business. Free and open to the public, it is part of a series sponsored by the Monmouth College Classics Department, in cooperation with the Western Illinois Society of the Archaeological Institute of America.

Bond is an assistant professor of classics, and Keegan is head of the university’s Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio. Their talk will examine what a social, economic, literary and spatial understanding of venues designed to serve alcohol can reveal about the communities that they served and the authors who wrote about them.

New projects seeking to map the taverns of Pompeii, the pubs of Dublin, and the beer caves of Iowa City may all provide new data to archaeologists and historians, but they all reveal the very old human desire for a common space to enable social interaction.
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