Written in Stone: The 18th Century Inscriptions at Sloop Cove National Historic Site - New Directions for Interpretation
Type de publication:Conference Paper
Résumé (en anglais):
Sloop Cove National Historic Site, located across the river from Churchill in northern Manitoba, has at least 50 known inscriptions carved into the rock surface. Most are signatures that date from the last half of the 18th century and represent mariners stationed at Prince of Wales Fort. In 1998 an interdisciplinary team of archaeologists, conservators, and surveyors recorded and conserved all inscriptions on Parks Canada property. The information acquired from subsequent archival and historical analysis has been converted to various electronic media. Public access to Sloop Cove is often difficult due to tides and inclement weather. For these reasons Parks Canada has developed new ways to interpret Sloop Cove off-site, using an information kiosk in Churchill. The various approaches used by Parks Canada to record, conserve, interpret, and present the Sloop Cove inscriptions is outlined and evaluated. Also presented is biographical information on the people represented by the signatures, and new directions for site interpretation.