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Linking Logs to Lincoln’s time

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By Mary Hinds

The whirr of a drill could be heard at Abraham Lincoln’s Boyhood Home at Knob Creek near Athertonville Monday as a team of students from the University of Tennessee took tiny core samples from the four walls of the site’s log cabin. Led by Dr. Henri D. Grissino-Mayer, a new study conducted by the university’s Geography Department will use dendrochronology—the science of dating tree rings—to determine the age of the cabin’s logs that could trace back to Abraham Lincoln’s lifetime.


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