Petroglyphs and Pictographs, oh my!

You know you’re a nerd when even on your day off you roam the countryside looking for more archaeological things to look at. At least this time it was archaeological stuff we don’t have on our sites.IMG_8056

Today’s voyage took us (myself and the 3 other arkys I coerced into going) to Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park, but first a quick detour to the information center to check out their displays and the dinosaur.

Found me a friend at the interpretive centre to show us around!

Found me a friend at the interpretive center to show us around!

Located in the Milk River valley, it looks kind of like nothing until you are almost upon it, then it looks awesome. It’s a sacred area for First Nations peoples and is home to ‘the largest concentration of petroglyphs and pictographs on the great plans of North America’ (it’s on their pamphlets so I assume it must be true – pamphlets don’t lie!). IMG_8090

Basically it’s an awesome day of clambering about on hoodoos and playing I Spy with the rocks, trying to pick out a faded bear paw design, a horse figure or a battle scene. The views themselves are dramatic and wonderful, there’s a great interpretive centre at the start of the trek and you get to climb on things – what more could you ask for in a day out?

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The battle scene - very cool but fading very fast due to environmental factors

The battle scene – very cool but fading very fast due to environmental factors

Terribly majestic views

Terribly majestic views

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