Dig planned at Revolutionary site in southern New Jersey

Researchers are digging into the New Jersey site of a major Revolutionary War battle.

Officials are planning at archaeological dig for June at the site now known as Red Bank Battlefield Park in the southern New Jersey town of National Park.

The National Park Service is contributing $46,000 in a grant to help fund the first such undertaking ever at the site.

In 1777, Hessian soldiers hiked 10 miles to the site planning to surprise Colony forces.

But they were trapped instead.

Battlefield curator Jennifer Janofsky tells The Philadelphia Inquirer that belt buckles, cannonballs and other artifacts expected to be found could show where the fight was fierce.

There are also hopes to find the exact site of the original fort there.

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