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Public Day at Camp Security invites visitors to tour archaeological site

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch
Brenda Weller of Camp Hill unloads a pan of subsoil to be sifted during a dig at Camp Security Park Friday, May 22, 2015. She and other volunteers were searching for evidence of the the walls of the Revolutionary War stockade complex there. This phase of the excavation will last six weeks through the end of June. Bill Kalina photo - bkalina@yorkdispatch.com

Friends of Camp Security has invited visitors to tour the camp's archaeological site and learn about the work volunteers are doing to uncover the past.

Camp Security's Public Day will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27.

Visitors interested in attending the event are asked to park at Good News Free Will Baptist Church, 530 Locust Grove Rd. A shuttle to the camp site will be provided.

Several presentations throughout the day will discuss the work happening at the site, as well as a brief history lesson on Camp Security.

These presentations will happen at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

In addition, volunteers will be at the dig site excavating and demonstrating to the public the investigation process for uncovering artifacts.

Reproductions of documents from the prisoner of war camp, which operated from 1781 to 1783, and other artifacts will be on display to the public.

A rain date is slated for Thursday, Aug. 29.

Camp Security's excavation this year began Aug. 5 and aims to determine if the location of the 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 excavations are expected to continue into September.

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