Pennsylvania field holds secrets of 1780s British POW camp

Preservationists are hopeful they

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YORK, Pa. (AP) - Preservationists are hopeful they'll soon be able to conduct a comprehensive archaeological survey of a south-central Pennsylvania cornfield that served as a British prisoner of war camp during the American Revolution.

The campaign to get the land that once held Camp Security out of private hands is nearly finished, about 14 years after a developer's plan to build houses there set off alarms.

A few thousand English, Scottish and Canadian soldiers were imprisoned there during the waning years of the war. Some may remain buried in unmarked graves on the plot outside York.

A 1979 survey of a small part of the property found thousands of artifacts. In December, the 162-acre property was scanned with a powerful magnet that gave experts an idea of where to focus their digging.

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