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Dispatches from the Field: Cultural Resources

Primitive Baptist Church in Cades Cove.

Cultural resources include the buildings, landscapes, sacred places, artifacts, and stories of the Smokies' past.

NPS photo by Ben Zank.

Resource Roundup: Scan highlights of scientific projects and findings for Winter, 2009

Meet the Managers: Cultural Resources

Focus On… The park's past

  • NPS Profile: Uncovering the past WATCH THE PODCAST
  • Partner Profile: Documenting Elkmont
  • Links to… information about cultural resources & archeology, further research, and volunteering opportunities
  • And for those in school… information about education & experience needed to become an expert in cultural resources and archeology

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Did You Know?

Marbled salamanders are one of 30 salamander species native to the park.

There are at least 30 different species of salamanders in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This gives the Smokies the distinction of having the most diverse salamander population anywhere in the world and has earned the park the nickname “Salamander Capital of the World.” More...