Utilizing new technologies has improved our understanding of this important rock art site. Writing-on-Stone is well documented and been visited by many researchers in the past, but only recently have we been able to re-analyze and identify these new components associated with the previously recorded rock art panels. Viewing the Figure 1 prior to the application of DStretch most people would be hard pressed to see any ochre paint without the image enhancement. However, once an image has been enhanced (Figure 2) a very different picture can emerge. Using image enhancement programs can help researchers better record and preserve highly faded rock art for future generations. DStretch is currently available as an iPhone and Android app along with a desktop version that can be found at www.dstretch.com. While the phone apps can be a useful screening tool it is recommended that a high quality SLR camera be utilized for the best results.
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Michael Turney, Landon Bendiak & Jack W. Brink (2021): New discoveries of Vertical Series and Foothills Abstract rock art at Writing-on-Stone, DgOv-2, southern Alberta, Plains Anthropologist.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Landon Bendiak has been working in the cultural resource management and consulting industry for over 12 years. He has been employed with WSP Associates since 2010 and has experience working on archaeological investigations in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nunavut, Iowa, Missouri, and Antigua.