COWPENS NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD — More than 20 volunteers came together to uncover a piece of Cowpens' history this weekend.
The Southeast Archaeological Society joined forces with the Cowpens National Battlefield and volunteers in search of archaeological evidence proving the location of Gen. Daniel Morgan's campsite during the Revolutionary War. The campsite is believed to be part of the battlefield's acreage, said Michael Seibert, an archaeologist at the Southeast Archaeological Center in Tallahassee, Fla. He has been with the center for four years.
Volunteers from the park, archaeological center, Archaeological Society of South Carolina and the South Carolina Treasure and Artifact Association carried out the second metal detection survey of the campsite. Volunteers of all ages spent two 10-hour days searching more than 10 acres.
They found 40 artifacts, including belt buckles, musket balls and nails, Seibert said. “We exceeded expectations,” he said. “We found something; that's all that matters.”
Recruiting volunteers is a way to include the local community, Seibert said.
“National parks belong to everybody,” he said. Despite the heat, snakes, poison ivy and other challenges, Seibert said the team “did a great job.”
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