Development Threatens Hidden Artifacts

Development in the Piedmont is creating a challenge for a group of Guilford County residents trying to find some American Indian artifacts.

Their hobby is threatened by a proposal to put a 775-home, golf-course community amid one of their prime artifact-hunting areas.

Mark Willis has contacted Guilford County and state officials to suggest that before such a massive undertaking, the area near Haw River State Park be carefully surveyed to make sure nothing of historical merit is destroyed. He's especially concerned about a burial ground said to be on land slated for the Patriot's Landing golf course.

State officials wanted to buy that land for the park. But several owners instead decided to sell 691 acres to a Florida developer. State park officials are negotiating with Bluegreen to buy as much of the property as they can to preserve in the park.