From National Parks

Bison Hair and Stinging Nettles

The I have been conducting experimental archaeology with bison hair and stinging nettles in my textile lab at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.  I didn’t realize I was doing experimental archaeology until our park superintendent, Lisa Baldwin, took an interest in my experiment.  I just thought I was doing living history. The experiment started with …

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Folk Fest at Cumberland Gap

On Saturday, August 12, Tom and I participated in Folk Fest in the town of Cumberland Gap.  We were there, along with most of the rangers, to represent the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.  The ironic thing about our representing the park was that no one remembered to bring a sign showing that we were …

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Stones River National Battlefield

To finish off the National Park sites close to us, Tom and I stopped by Stones River National Battlefield on our way from Mammoth Cave back to Cumberland Gap.  We had been to Stones River National Battlefield before, but we were there before the Passport program started in 1986, so I didn’t have the stamp. …

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Mammoth Cave National Park

After our visit to Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace, Tom and I headed south to Mammoth Cave National Park.  I had never been there, but Tom said he had been a couple of times.  Nevertheless, I had to get the stamp, so I had to go there. We signed up for a Historic Cave Tour as soon …

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Millipedes, Apheloria Tigana and Virginiensis

Every morning when I take my walk, I come across one or two yellow and black flat-backed millipedes.  I don’t remember ever encountering these arthropods before but I have enjoyed watching them wander across the road.  Just in case you aren’t up on your nomenclature, arthropods possess an exoskeleton, a segmented body, and paired jointed appendages. In order to …

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