"Can We Work Together?": Archaeology And Community Tensions At Camp Security

Author(s): Nicholas Zeitlin; John T. Crawmer

Year: 2020


This is a paper/report submission presented at the 2020 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

Camp Security is a prisoner-of-war camp established during the Revolutionary War and the only such camp to survive modern development. From July 1781 and May 1783, the camp housed 1600-1800 British POWs captured at the Battles of Saratoga and Yorktown. Efforts to locate residential areas in the complex have been ongoing sporadically since the 1970s, but the exact location of the camp stockade is still unknown. The Friends of Camp Security have sponsored remote sensing and exploratory excavations to produce a historic resource management plan, but prolonged research has raised tensions between stakeholders with conflicting interests. This paper presents findings from the 2014 to 2019 excavations and explores recent debates about the best utilization of the property for the public.

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"Can We Work Together?": Archaeology And Community Tensions At Camp Security. Nicholas Zeitlin, John T. Crawmer. 2020 ( tDAR id: 457323)

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Temporal Keywords
18th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 455