Summary: An Aboriginal site of "ritual importance" near the Mt Ku-ring-gai Track. It includes a large composite figure of a seal.

On a large rock platform near the Jerusalem Bay Track (and opposite a significant Daramulan figure on the opposite side of the valley) is an Aboriginal engraving site described by McCarthy as being of “ritual importance”.

AWAT2419 LR highlighted Jerusalem Bay Track engraving site

W.D. Campbell documented four figures in 1899; McCarthy later described seven figures, noting that the group included “several rare figures”. The largest figure was referred to as a seal by Campbell and McCarthy, but might be better described as an anthropomorph.

AWAT8215 LR Jerusalem Bay Track engraving site

The composite seal has “a man’s face and arms, and six radially cut short lines from the head; also a small oval-shaped figure above the head. The sinuous line across his body may represent a fishing line.”

Montage2 stitch LR Jerusalem Bay Track engraving site

Below the seal / anthropomorph is a “rudely cut figure of a man, much weathered, but having a well-smoothe groove, with punctures slightly visible”.

AWAT8213 LR Jerusalem Bay Track engraving site

A figure of a bird is described as “probably a shag” by Campbell, and “also like a penguin” by McCarthy.

AWAT8195 LR Jerusalem Bay Track engraving site

An “eel-like form” is also nearby.

AWAT8189 LR Jerusalem Bay Track engraving site

Further away and described by McCarthy (but not Campbell) are some oval figures.

AWAT8182 LR Jerusalem Bay Track engraving site

Jerusalem Bay Track engraving site - Site Summary

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