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GSU's Camp Lawton team honored

Millen, Ga. Millen, Ga.
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A group of students and faculty archaeologists from Georgia Southern University have been awarded the U.S. Department of the Interior's Partners in Conservation award.

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The team won the award for their work in discovering a lost Civil War prison camp in Millen, Ga. They received the award from Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar during a ceremony in Washington D.C. 

The artifacts were found at Magnolia Springs State Park in Millen, Ga. The area was the site of Camp Lawton, which at the close of the Civil War was believed to be the largest prison camp in the world, according to GSU. The state park was established in the 1930s, after the exact boundaries of the prison camp were no longer known.

Artifacts found by the team were first publicly unveiled in August 2010. More personal artifacts of Union soldiers were discovered recently.

The latest artifacts include a ring, a corps badge, keys to furniture and doors, suspender buckles and a pocket knife.

Representatives from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and Jenkins County were also honored for their work on the preservation of the Camp Lawton site.


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