Summary: An Aboriginal engraving site below the America Bay Track, which may represent a fishing scene.

Below the America Bay Track, next to a large rock platform covered with scattered stones, is a smaller platform which contain a small number of weathered engravings. (Two sites were originally recorded in this area, but in comparing them they both refer to the same set of engaved figures.)

AWAT5013 LR America Bay Fishing Scene

The site was originally recorded by McCarthy who described a circle, three fish and a shield. He suggested the site represented “casual art depicting a catch of fish, with the fisherman’s shield, and his camp or gnarl container”.

The three fish – one originally described as a leatherjacket and later as a “bream-like fish” are all shaped differently, and are all quite weathered.

A small circle may represent the fisherman’s basket or container.

AWAT5010 LR America Bay Fishing Scene

America Bay Fishing Scene - Site Summary

Aboriginal Sites by National Park

A review of different techniques for photographing Aboriginal rock art. This includdes oblique flash, chain and planar mosaic imaging which combines hundreds of overlapping photos.
Many sites Aboriginal engraving sites across the inner suburbs of Sydney have been destroyed or are very weatheredl. The sites which remain are isolated from their natural environment.
Over 40 sites have been recorded within the park; many were located along the river bank and were flooded by the building of the weir in 1938.
Over a hundred Aboriginal sites have been recorded in the Hornsby region, with many of these in the Berowra Valley National Park and around the suburb of Berowra.
There are over 350 Aboriginal engraving and sites recorded in the Central Coast region, many of these in the Brisbane Water National Park.
Located to the north-west of Sydney, just south of the Dharug and Yengo National Parks, Maroota has a high concentration of (known) Aboriginal sites. Many more Aboriginal heritage sites are located in the Marramarra National Park. The original inhabitants of the area were the Darug people.
Yengo National Park was an important spiritual and cultural place for the Darkinjung and Wonnarua People for thousands of years, and 640 Aboriginal cultural sites are recorded in the park and nearby areas.
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