Aurora Skala is a MA student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Victoria. Her research is a part of the Hakai Ancient Landscapes Archaeology Project and is focused recording and cataloguing rock art on the central coast of BC. Field research is focuses to two geographic regions: 1) River’s Inlet-Oweekeno Lake and 2) Roscoe Inlet. The types of rock art documented include both petroglyphs and pictographs. The next stage of her research involves the digital manipulation of pictograph photographs using the D-Stretch (a plug-in created by Jon Harmon for the opensource softeware ImageJ). D-Stretch was developed specifically to assist rock art researchers to enhance photos of faint traces of pigment, some of which can no longer be seen with the naked eye.
Photo of pictograph before (left) and after (right) the application of D-Stretch. Photos by Aurora Skala.