Kevin Kniestedt http://aspenpublicradio.org en Race To Unearth Civil War-Era Artifacts Before Developer Digs In http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/race-unearth-civil-war-era-artifacts-developer-digs About a dozen archaeologists in downtown Columbia, S.C., are focused on a 165-acre sliver of land that was a prisoner of war camp during the Civil War. Last summer, the property was sold, and the group is trying to recover artifacts before a developer builds condos and shops there.<p>"We're out here to salvage what we can in advance of that development," says Chester DePratter, a University of South Carolina archaeologist. Time is running out: DePratter and his team have a permit to excavate until April 30.<p>More than a thousand Union officers were imprisoned here during the winter of 1864. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Kevin Kniestedt 17436 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Race To Unearth Civil War-Era Artifacts Before Developer Digs In