Next Camp Security archaeological dig set for this spring


Friends of Camp Security conservation group is hoping an upcoming archaeological dig will unearth more York County history.

During an archaeological dig at the Springettsbury Township park last fall, the group uncovered musket balls, buttons and coins that date back to the Revolutionary War.

Steve Warfel, one of the archaeologists overseeing the effort, said the next dig at Camp Security will run from May 18 though June 29. Depending on what is uncovered, the group hopes to run a volunteer laboratory the first week of July.

Camp Security, located along Locust Grove Road, housed British soldiers who were prisoners between 1781 and 1783.

Carol Tanzola, president of the conservation group, said the site is a part of history that belongs to York.

"Many current residents had family who were guards at this very camp," she said. "We hope to uncover some of history that has yet to be written."

Funding the dig: The effort will cost the group about $20,000.

Tanzola said about one-third of the money has been raised but she'd like to see even more interest.

The money covers the cost of the equipment needed for the dig and the fees of the archaeologist and assistant, and it compensates the farmer whose field will need to be replanted, she said.

There are also other costs people might not expect, like the need for portable bathrooms.

"It would be great if a donor would help us cover the entire cost, but we'll go to the bank if we have to," she said. "It's just too important to ignore."

Donations to help fund the dig can be made to Friends of Camp Security through the group's website,

Warfel said the call for volunteers to help with the spring dig has been well received, but there is always a need for more hands.

Those interested in volunteering for an upcoming dig or other activity should contact Warfel at