Bc dating in rock service white
Although the majority of the images were traced with the finger, some could be executed with brushes made of animal or vegetal fibres.
Other iconographic themes also appear regularly: a figure with horns or rabbit ears accompanied by a wolf probably represents NANABOZO and his brother Wolf; and a snake or Mishipeshu under a canoe shows the danger of those fantastic beings, which tip canoes and drown their passengers.Hundreds of pictograph sites and a few petroglyph sites have been discovered in this part of the Canadian Shield, where they may have been in production from a very early period.At the site of Mud Portage in the Lake of the Woods area, for example, petroglyphs have been discovered beneath the layers of an Archaic period archaeological deposit, which have been dated by their discoverers to before 5000 years ago, making them the oldest in Canada.Those near Keremeos are probably abstractions of the spirits the shaman encountered in his visions.The BC coast has many petroglyph sites, though the few pictograph sites are probably more recent.Radiocarbon dating at the Nisula site along Lac Cassette, Québec, indicated that the paintings were made about 2000 years ago.
The geographic distribution of rock art sites and the iconographic themes that are represented seem to indicate that carvings and paintings on the rocks of the Canadian Shield were produced by the ancestors of Algonquian populations (eg, OJIBWA, CREE, INNU).
Many pictographs have been found on isolated boulders and rocky outcrops along the foothills near Calgary.
At WRITING-ON-STONE Provincial Park in southern Alberta, there is an extensive series of small-scale petroglyphs incised on the sandstone bluffs of the Milk River.
It is part of a worldwide genre of prehistoric art, which includes the cave paintings of Spain and France as well as the rock art of Scandinavia, Finland, northeast Asia and Siberia.
No foolproof method for the precise dating of rock art has been discovered, other than speculative association with stratified, relatively datable archaeological remains.
Pictograph sites in the Canadian Shield are less extensive in scale and contain fewer image clusters compared to carving sites.