This photo shows a rock creation, not a petroglyph in British Columbia
Social media posts claim that an aerial photo shows ancient petroglyphs in Vancouver, British Columbia. But the image was taken near Nelson, BC, hundreds of kilometers from the west coast Canadian city, according to the drone operator who shot it, while local experts said it does not depict a petroglyph, and the formation is similar to labyrinths created in modern times around the Nelson region.
Contacted by AFP, Rob Antill, the drone operator, confirmed in an email that the picture “was shot in Nelson, BC around that time.”
Nelson is located in the Kootenays region of British Columbia, hundreds of kilometers east of Vancouver.
“I don't believe they are petroglyphs. Just stone art work created in the summer by people when the (Kootenay) lake water is lower,” Antill said.
Michael Blake, professor emeritus in the University of British Columbia’s Department of Anthropology, confirmed in an email that the artifact shown in the drone picture “is not a petroglyph.”
He added that “petroglyphs are images carved on or pecked into rock surfaces.” Hundreds of examples of these traditional First Nations carvings can be found in archeological sites around the westernmost Canadian province.
His colleague at the University of British Columbia, R.G. Matson, suggested in an email that “it would be a rock alignment art rather than petroglyphs”, which would be a lot older and in a worse condition.
A local Facebook page also shared the picture when it achieved internet fame in 2015.