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Written on the wind: Ancient messages and mysteries survive on southern Alberta's plains

Author: Daniel Wood

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Time travelling through a series of extraordinary southern Alberta sites offers a glimpse into a nomadic culture that existed for millennia before the arrival of the outside world.

The buffalo-hunters of the western grasslands left little evidence of their 10,000 year-long occupation of the plains. Like the wind, they moved unencumbered. Southern Alberta has hundreds of ancient buffalo jumps – like the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Head-Smashed-In near Fort MacLeod – and the extraordinary, but singular, collection of petroglyphs at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park outside Milk River.

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