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Public Archaeological Forum Set for Feb. 6 at Fort Anderson, N.C. Civil War Site
Archaeologists, historians and other professionals will hold an open meeting in Southport to discuss Civil War archaelogical findings and artifacts at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson state historic site.
The forum will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, Southport. Featured speakers for the free program are Assistant State Archaeologist John Mintz; Deputy State Archaeologist Mark Wilde-Ramsing, who is the Queen Anne’s Revenge project director; archaeologist Thomas Beaman; UNC-Wilmington historian Chris Fonvielle; and engineer Paul Shivers.
Archaeological studies have been done at the state historic site, where a Civil War fort was built on the remains of a coastal Colonial village. Civil War artifacts including buckles, buttons and minie balls have been found there. New discoveries will be shared at the forum.
Fort Anderson was part of the Cape Fear River Defense System during the Civil War, and it provided protection to Wilmington. After the fall of Fort Fisher, Fort Anderson was lost to Union forces.
About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources:
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. Cultural Resources champions North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy. To learn more, visit www.ncculture.com.
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