|1/7. Nathan Moran, from the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, next to one of the hand paintings Picture: Bradley Hunter|
The Daily Telegraph was given special access to the site on the banks of a creek flowing just metres from the back of houses on the city’s northern beaches.
A series of ancient hand stencils, either white or red in colour, and motifs representing eels and a crescent moon, we’re found on rock faces and overhangs on land owned by Sydney Water.
Bush regeneration workers were clearing old vines and noxious weeds along the creek banks when they came across what has been described as a significant archaeological find.
Sydney Water’s archaeologist Yvonne Kaiser-Glass said the rock art was found back in July, on World Archaeology Day and the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council and NSW Office of Environment were immediately informed.
“This area may have been a birthing site for Aboriginal people because it’s so close to a freshwater supply,” Ms Kaiser-Glass said.
“There are more than 20 hand stencils created by people mixing the coloured clay with water in their mouths and then spraying it on their hands while they were pressed against the rock.
“The overhangs containing the artworks were overgrown with vegetation so we don’t really know how many people have actually seen them in the past.” [...] dailytelegraph.com.au / Link 2