What's new in Canadian Shield Rock Art

Author(s): Daniel Arsenault; Serge Lemaitre

Year: 2016


The last few years of archaeological fieldwork in Eastern Canadian Shield have allowed the identification of some new figures in the graphic content of sites already documented by other researchers in Ontario. But this context has led also to the discovery of new rock art sites in this province as well as in Québec. These rock painting sites but also the new engraving sites found help more than ever to better understand the variability and complexity of the iconographic themes privileged by the First nations' ancestors in relation with their worldviews and the symbolic links associated with their sacred landscape. Our paper will discuss the nature and importance of this scientific endeavour, and a few insights will be offered about the possible rock art narratives that can be yielded by those sites.

Cite this Record

What's new in Canadian Shield Rock Art. Daniel Arsenault, Serge Lemaitre. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403474)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -142.471; min lat: 42.033 ; max long: -47.725; max lat: 74.402 ;