Nova Scotia Museum
Mi'kmaq Portraits Collection


Date: n.d.; after 1500


Orignal Work:


Place: In situ: McGowan Lake, N.S., now underwater

Source: Nova Scotia Museum, Halifax

Reference Number: P179/ 83.76.

Image Use: Free for personal research and non-commercial educational use.

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The McGowan Lake petroglyphs have been underwater since the erection of a hydroelectric dam in the 1940s. In 1983, the dam was opened for repairs, the lake was drained, and the Nova Scotia Museum contracted archaeologist Brian Leigh Molyneaux to map and photograph the site and to do mylar tracings of the carvings, which seem to have been preserved by the lake to a greater degree than those at Kejimkujik, Nova Scotia. Molyneaux's documentation (notes, photos, tracings) is on file at the Nova Scotia Museum (83.76).


men; petroglyphs; rock art; weapons; staves; stick-figures; McGowan Lake; Nova Scotia

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