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An archaeological dig to be conducted over the coming months by Friends of Camp Security aims to determine if the location of a Revolutionary-era war camp has been found.

Last year, nine anomalies were discovered during a preliminary investigation by Shippensburg University that are "indicative" of a trench that could reveal the camp site, researchers said.

"I'm cautiously optimistic," said John Crawmer, the lead archaeologist with Camp Security. "These things are not guaranteed until we go into the field and test them."

Site preparations will begin later this month, with a starting date for the dig slated for Aug. 5. Excavations are expected to continue through Sept. 6, according to Carol Tanzola, the president of Camp Security.

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Camp Security Park, a Revolutionary War-era prisoner of war camp in Springettsbury Township, will be the site of a new geophysical study. Friends of Camp Security in partnership with Shippensburg University hope to find evidence of a stockade trench. The York Dispatch

To help fund this year's dig efforts, Camp Security received a grant for $6,400 from the National Trust's Battlefield Fund.

The estimated total budget for the project is $21,400, Tanzola said. 

Crawmer said researchers could lock in on the site and begin excavating should they find a trench. 

"I'm really excited for the Friends of Camp Security to get back into the field," Crawmer said. "It's been a few years. I'm really excited for the possibility of confirming the location of the camp." 

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.

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