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GSU to start conservation of Civil War artifacts

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STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -

Georgia Southern University archaeologists are launching a conservation project on the 150-year-old metal Civil War artifacts discovered at Camp Lawton, which was a Confederate Prisoner of War camp.

The camp was built in 1864 and sits on what's now Magnolia Springs State Park in Millen, GA. The large-scale project is to prepare the items for the History Center that is planned for the park.

The project involves archaeologists X-raying artifacts to find out if there's still metal underneath the corrosion before the items can be conserved.

The GSU team is working with Gary Edwards, DVM and the staff at Gateway Animal Hospital of Statesboro, who is donating their time and equipment to X-ray the artifacts.

"Some of the artifacts that we have discovered are extremely corroded which is making it difficult to identify what they are. The X-ray will enable us to clearly identify the shape of the artifact if the metal has not totally corroded away," said Matt Newberry, a Georgia Southern graduate student working on the Camp Lawton project team, in a statement.

The Georgia Southern Archaeology Team will host a Public Archaeology Day at Magnolia Springs State Park on May 4 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. as part of Georgia Archaeology Month.  

Visitors find out more about conservation process. Admission to Magnolia Springs State Park is $5.

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