Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Petroglyph in LaSalle

Pierre has been working on the petroglyph wich he discovered in 2005 on a rock near the old LaSalle dam on the waterfront. We are keeping this site a secret otherwise it could get the visit from vandals.

Pierre is a member of our society (SHGV) and was at the society saturday and we had a long talk on the subject. Despite his efforts to get the governments involved, he has not as yet found someone who could get things going. However, with Pierre's persistence, it is hoped that goverment funds will be available to unravel the mistery.

Pierre has already posted theses photos and as you can see he is zeroing in on the mistery of the petroglyph. Apparently the sign is commonly used in jewelry and is basically 4 leaves with an intertwined circle.

The subject is fascinating and has caught the attention of many people.



Les F said...

Here is mention of a group that formed to study such rock art in Canada
The 1960s were particularly rich years for rock art investigation in Canada, culminating with the foundation of the Canadian Rock Art Research Association (CRARA) in 1969. This national association of specialists devoted to research, public education and preservation of pictograph and petroglyph sites in Canada was instrumental in fostering public awareness and increased scholarly interest across the country through its biannual conferences and newsletters (1970- ). Selwyn Dewdney (1909-79) was elected first senior associate in recognition of his long-standing contribution to rock art recording in the Canadian Shield and to public education.
..........................Maybe searching through an outside the province source might be more helpful,money may be scarce theses days & they may not want to allocate anything to help study this,& the outside the province source might be helpful:
..try searching for this CRARA group ? Good luck HF&RV - Les

Pierre Dion said...

Hi Les
CRARA! Very interesting, lots of information, one article in particular describes dating methods, one of these method is refered as Lichenometry. Last november G. Samson the archeologist that I brought to the site, noticed that there was some lichen over some parts of the petrogliph, if you can date the lichen than what is under is older.
As for the rock it self, carbon dating the soil on which the rock is liyng would tell us how long it's been there