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Two spots eyed for Camp Security dig

Written by Teresa Boeckel, York Daily Record | Mar 26, 2016 6:00 AM
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It isn't clear yet which field the dig will take place in this season.

(York) -- Two areas are being eyed for an archaeological dig this spring to search for evidence of a Revolutionary War prison camp in Springettsbury Township.

One is a different location in the same field off of Locust Grove Road that volunteers dug in last season, senior archaeologist Steve Warfel said. The dig last year did not turn up evidence of a stockade  -- or high fence --  that was used to protect Camp Security where the colonists held British prisoners of war.

Watch Warfel explain what the Friends of Camp Security are looking for during the digs in the video above.

Warfel said he wants to look at the western half of the field that adjoins last year's dig site. He said he needs to rule out that field before moving on to the next spot.

The other spot Warfel would like to explore is a field on the south side of the Schultz farm. The Schultz House was standing during the American Revolution so there's a possibility the camp was constructed somewhere between the house and a large spring on the property, he said.

To help determine where the dig will be, some remote sensing of the ground will be done in April. The work will include using metal detectors and ground penetrating radar as well as doing electromagnetic surveys.

Warfel said if remote sensing doesn't come up with any strong suggestion that there is anything in the same field where they were working last season, he and the volunteers will move to the field on the south of the Schultz House.

The dig is slated to start May 16.

More funding needed: The Friends of Camp Security have received a $5,000 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation for the dig, said Carol Tanzola, president of the Friends of Camp Security. But about $15,000 is needed to help with the project.

"We need to find this," she said. "This is such an important site."

Donations can be sent to Friends of Camp Security, PO Box 20008, York, PA 17402. They also can be made through the Camp Security website, campsecurity.org.

Volunteers needed: Dozens of people attended a meeting Tuesday night in Springettsbury Township to learn more about the upcoming dig and sign up to volunteer for the effort. Those who could not attend the meeting can contact Warfel for a volunteer form. His email is stevewarfel49@gmail.com. The deadline to register is April 25.

Anyone who is interested in helping with the metal detection on April 9 also can email Warfel. Volunteers must be registered to participate.

This article is part of a content-sharing partnership between York Daily Record and WITF. 

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