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Okotoks’ Big Rock Part of Historic Project

 

The Okotoks Erratic, a seven-million kg glacial erratic considered sacred by southern Alberta First Nations, was selected for inclusion in the CyArk 500 Challenge list of world’s most significant cultural heritage sites. (Photos courtesy Alberta Culture and Tourism)

CyArk was founded in 2003 to ensure heritage sites are available to future generations, while making them uniquely accessible today. CyArk operates internationally as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the mission of using new technologies to create a free, 3D online library of the world’s cultural heritage sites before they are lost to natural disasters, destroyed by human aggression or ravaged by the passage of time.

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Sacred to the First Nations of southern Alberta, the Okotoks Erratic is a seven-million-kilogram glacial erratic. The "Big Rock" has been digitally recorded and preserved as part of the CyArk 500 listing of the world's most significant heritage sites.
Sacred to the First Nations of southern Alberta, the Okotoks Erratic is a seven-million-kilogram glacial erratic. The “Big Rock” has been digitally recorded and preserved as part of the CyArk 500 listing of the world’s most significant heritage sites.
Using the latest in cutting edge technology, crews digitally map the Okotoks Erratic. The seven-million-kilogram boulder, sacred to southern Alberta First Nations, has been selected as one of the world's most significant cultural heritage sites by the Oakland-based CyArk 500 Challenge.
Using the latest in cutting edge technology, crews digitally map the Okotoks Erratic. The seven-million-kilogram boulder, sacred to southern Alberta First Nations, has been selected as one of the world’s most significant cultural heritage sites by the Oakland-based CyArk 500 Challenge.
Technicians got to the heart of the matter, setting up digital mapping equipment in the many crevices of the Okotoks Erratic, in order to create an accurate picture of the ancient seven-million-kilogram boulder.
Technicians got to the heart of the matter, setting up digital mapping equipment in the many crevices of the Okotoks Erratic, in order to create an accurate picture of the ancient seven-million-kilogram boulder.
Thermal imaging of the Okotoks Erratic reveals the centuries-old abstract designs created by some southern Alberta's earliest residents. The Okotoks Erratic, a seven-million-kilogram glacial erratic considered sacred by southern Alberta First Nations, has been selected as one of the world's most significant cultural heritage sites by the Oakland-based CyArk 500 Challenge.
Thermal imaging of the Okotoks Erratic reveals the centuries-old abstract designs created by some southern Alberta’s earliest residents. The Okotoks Erratic, a seven-million-kilogram glacial erratic considered sacred by southern Alberta First Nations, has been selected as one of the world’s most significant cultural heritage sites by the Oakland-based CyArk 500 Challenge.
Thermal imaging of the Okotoks Erratic reveals handprints left by some southern Alberta's earliest residents centuries ago. The Okotoks Erratic, a seven-million-kilogram glacial erratic considered sacred by southern Alberta First Nations, has been selected as one of the world's most significant cultural heritage sites by the Oakland-based CyArk 500 Challenge.
Thermal imaging of the Okotoks Erratic reveals handprints left by some southern Alberta’s earliest residents centuries ago. The Okotoks Erratic, a seven-million-kilogram glacial erratic considered sacred by southern Alberta First Nations, has been selected as one of the world’s most significant cultural heritage sites by the Oakland-based CyArk 500 Challenge.
Crews used this digital "scan plan" to guide efforts to create a 3-D map of the Okotoks Erratic. The precise mapping of the seven-million-kilogram erratic, will help Alberta Culture to better manage this valuable cultural, spiritual and historic resource.
Crews used this digital “scan plan” to guide efforts to create a 3-D map of the Okotoks Erratic. The precise mapping of the seven-million-kilogram erratic, will help Alberta Culture to better manage this valuable cultural, spiritual and historic resource.
You are entering another dimension...  of the Okotoks Erratic. Three dimensional mapping of the ancient seven-million-kilogram boulder will help staff with Alberta Culture and Tourism better manage the threat of vandalism and share the story of this valuable historic resource.
You are entering another dimension…
of the Okotoks Erratic. Three dimensional mapping of the ancient seven-million-kilogram boulder will help staff with Alberta Culture and Tourism better manage the threat of vandalism and share the story of this valuable historic resource.
Working with Oakland, California-based CyArk, Alberta Culture and Tourism embarked on a project to develop a 3D map of the Okotoks Erratic. The project also resulted in the creation of a scale model of the glacial erratic that provides a realistic representation of the famed "Big Rock".
Working with Oakland, California-based CyArk, Alberta Culture and Tourism embarked on a project to develop a 3D map of the Okotoks Erratic. The project also resulted in the creation of a scale model of the glacial erratic that provides a realistic representation of the famed “Big Rock”.

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