- Associated Press - Monday, June 16, 2014

SANFORD, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina is using a drone for research at a state historic site for the first time.

The drone will be used as part of a six-week project that begins Monday at the House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site near Sanford. State officials say a team led by the geography department at UNC Greensboro in cooperation with the Office of State Archaeology will use the drone.

Images obtained from ground-penetrating radar and other methods indicate several structures may exist below the Philip Alston House, built around 1770.

The public is invited to observe the work from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday. The rain date is Tuesday.

Bullet holes remain in the Alston home from a 1781 attack by British loyalists. The colonists were forced to surrender.

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