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Archaeology excavation at Bentonville State Historic Site to be open to the public

June 25, 2014

By Michael Futch, The Fayetteville Observer, N.C.

June 25--FOUR OAKS -- The public is invited to watch an archaeology excavation on the grounds of the Harper House at the Bentonville State Historic Site.

The public will be able to observe the archaeological investigation from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Geographers and anthropologists from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and N.C. A&T State University are expected to join archaeologists from the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources for the excavation, according to a news release.

The Harper House was used as a field hospital during the Battle of Bentonville in 1865. While much is known about the short time the house served as a hospital, the release said, few details are available about the grounds in the more than 100 years of the working Harper farm.

What did the farm of John and Amy Harper look like in the 1860s? Was the slave cabin really in front of the family home? Where were the other outbuildings and outhouses? Staff members at Bentonville State Historic Site will be trying to answer those questions and more.

For more information, call 910-594-0789.

Bentonville Battlefield is at 5466 Harper House Road, three miles north of Newton Grove on State Road 1008. That's about 45 minutes from Fayetteville.

- Michael Futch


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