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Archaeological survey of York County Revolutionary War site could come soon

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 6, 2013 11:08 AM

(York) -- Preservationists are hopeful they'll soon be able to conduct a comprehensive archaeological survey of a York County cornfield that served as a British prisoner of war camp during the American Revolution. 

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Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

The campaign to get the land that once held Camp Security in Springettsbury Township out of private hands is nearly finished, about 14 years after a developer's plan to build houses there set off alarms.

A few thousand English, Scottish, and Canadian soldiers were imprisoned at the camp during the waning years of the Revolutionary War. Some may remain buried in unmarked graves on the plot outside York.

A 1979 survey of a small part of the property found thousands of artifacts. In December, the 162-acre property was scanned with a powerful magnet that gave experts an idea of where to focus their digging.

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