Here’s an update on the ongoing preservation issue at Princeton. You might recall that the Institute for Advanced Study’s initial plan to build faculty housing on land adjacent to the battlefield got shot down because it encroached on a local drainage.
The institute later received approval for a revised building plan, but preservationists claim the planned construction still threatens land involved in the battle.
Now comes news that an archaeological survey on the site found artifacts associated with the battle, supporting the preservatonists’ argument that the land in question is historically significant.
The fact that archaeologists hired by the institute itself have noted the historical importance of the ground ought to indicate that putting buildings there is a bad idea. But it looks like the institute is moving forward anyway.
If you’ve been to Guilford Courthouse, you’ve seen the impact that encroaching development can have on a Rev War battlefield, and how much harder it is to understand and interpret sites that are suffocated by buildings. Americans deserve to have the places where their country was born kept whole.