SEOUL — South Korea has pledged about $6.4 million toward a multi-year plan to search for historical artifacts on more than a dozen U.S. and South Korean military bases throughout the peninsula, according to the Korea Cultural Heritage Administration.
The project, to run through 2011, will survey almost 8,000 acres of land U.S. Forces Korea now uses, according to the administration. The surveys will rely on visual investigation rather than excavating, according to Bae Young-rye of the Korea Cultural Heritage Administration.
The U.S. military will not pay for any of the five-year project but will continue to help with the surveys and will coordinate with Korea’s Ministry of National Defense and cultural administration to provide the surveyors on-base access, Bae said.
U.S. bases to be explored this year are Kunsan, Osan and Suwon air bases, camps Humphreys, Carroll and Walker and Chinhae Naval Base. South Korean bases also up for surveying this year include the U.S. portions of Daegu and Gwangju air bases, plus four other Korean military bases.