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Fort Lee archaeological center takes center stage

Tuesday - 10/23/2012, 3:23am  ET

PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) - A little-known aspect of Fort Lee is going public when the Petersburg Army base displays a portion of its archaeological trove.

A media open house is scheduled Tuesday at Fort Lee's Regional Archaeological Curation Center. The event celebrates Virginia Archaeology Month and the center's 10th anniversary.

Fort Lee has 121 boxes of artifacts and the center's collection contains more than 500,000 items. They were discovered primarily from archaeological surveys conducted ahead of military construction projects.

The artifacts include collections from Fort Monroe, the Marine Base at Quantico, Fort A.P. Hill and other installations.

Besides the artifacts on display, the open house will also include an address by historian James Blankenship of the Petersburg National Battlefield and demonstrations of ground-penetrating radar.

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