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Applied Geospatial Perspectives on the Rock Art of the Lake of the Woods Region of Ontario, Canada

Applied Geospatial Perspectives on the Rock Art of the Lake of the Woods Region of Ontario, Canada
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Author(s): John W. Norder (Michigan State University, USA) and Jon W. Carroll (Michigan State University, USA)
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 17
Source title: Emerging Methods and Multidisciplinary Applications in Geospatial Research
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Donald P. Albert (Sam Houston State University, USA) and G. Rebecca Dobbs (University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1951-7.ch005

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Abstract

This study examines the role of rock art in the construction of Woodland Period (300 BC to AD 1700) hunter-gatherer landscapes in the Lake of the Woods region of northwestern Ontario. The authors examine the distribution of documented pictograph sites relative to the locations of rock formations where the geologic conditions would have favored the placement of pictographic rock art but are absent. Point pattern analysis, Monte Carlo simulation, and least cost path analysis were used to analyze the findings. The authors suggest that pictograph sites were placed at points on the landscape along water routes to facilitate information exchange among highly mobile hunter-gatherers.

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