Think of a wilderness trail that runs through a national park. What images come to mind?
Joggers on a run? Bicyclists on 21-speeds? A few hardy souls lugging gear to distant campsites?
Such figures are indeed hallmarks of one of the more popular national park sites in the region. But anthropologists at Towson University say the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, which runs through portions of Pennsylvania, Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia, tells a tale with subtler, more surprising layers, and they're working to interpret and translate that story for public benefit.
Samuel Collins, Matthew Durington and 10 of their top undergraduates have spent 14...