Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Wilson county historical site optioned by conservancy
The Archaeological Conservancy, based in Maryland, has optioned 63 acres of land near the U.S. 264 bypass in Black Creek for $250,000.

According to information released by the organization, they have until Oct. 10 to raise the funds. The land is currently owned by the Cozart family. The family declined to comment on their deal with the conservancy.

Andy Stout, eastern regional director for the conservancy, said the Contentnea Creek site is widely known for its archaeological significance.

"People have found fascinating artifacts on the land for years and years, but now we want to protect it from treasure hunters and keep it around for future research," Stout said.