We were back on site this session and we looked at arborglyphs and the work a student (Chantel Summerfield ) has done for her university dissertation. American GI Frank Fearing carved his name and his wife’s name on a tree on Salisbury Plain in 1945. When he left his young wife he didn’t know if he would ever see her again and promised to carve her name wherever he was. 60 years later Chantel was able to show her a picture to prove Frank had done exactly that.
Chantel has recorded over 1,500 WW1 arborglyphs and uses records to trace the people who carved them.
For thousands of years Aboriginal groups in central NSW marked important ceremonial sites by carving beautiful, ornate designs on the trunks of trees.
We discussed whether arborglyphs are art, graffiti or history.
Our younger members helped to make a YAC arborglyph, made designs of wood and continued excavating.
Our older members started their BAJR Passport training, learning about tools and the correct way to use, clean and care for them.
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