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Dig to take place at Brunswick historic site

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WINNABOW, N.C. — State archaeologists will begin excavating an area at the Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site to get details that will help reconstruct a cannon firing platform.

The excavation will begin Monday and continue through Thursday at the site, located in Winnabow.

Archaeologists will excavate Battery B, located within the existing Fort Anderson earthworks. Fort Anderson was one of the largest Civil War earthworks constructed on the Cape Fear River and among the nation’s best preserved.

Brunswick Town was the first permanent settlement on the Lower Cape Fear River, established in 1726 as a port for ocean-going vessels. It was captured by Spanish privateers in 1748 and was the site of the Stamp Act Rebellion in 1766. Confederate forces constructed Fort Anderson on part of the town in 1862.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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State archaeologists will begin excavating an area at the Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site to get details that will help reconstruct a cannon firing platform.

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