Summary: An interesting Aboriginal engraving site which has 14 figures, including a marine creature (which could be a shark), a snake and an indeterminate animal. It's one of a series of eleven sites documented by Ian Sim near the Lyre Trig.

One of the more complex Aboriginal engraving sites below the Lyre Trig, with 14 figures documented by Ian Sim. The main engraving is of a shark, although it was later described as a “marine creature” and possibly a dolphin by McCarthy. There is a spear in the back of the creature, and two oval figures next to it.

AWAT5414 LR highlighted Lyre Trig Shark

The shark or marine creature has a broad conical head, with a pair of conical fins near its head. Above the figure is a flying bird.

AWAT5413 LR Lyre Trig Shark

Within the figure is an oval and two mundoes.

AWAT5419 LR Lyre Trig Shark

Below the shark / marine creature is a snake, with “pointed ends curved outward in opposite directions”.

AWAT5422 LR Lyre Trig Shark

Below the snake is another unusual engraving, documented as an indeterminate figure by McCarthy. It was described as having two ovals (which could be fins or flippers) attached to the junction of its body and tail, and a long elongated body.

AWAT5423 LR Lyre Trig Shark

Lyre Trig Shark - Site Summary

Aboriginal Sites by 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.
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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.
There are over 350 Aboriginal engraving and sites recorded in the Central Coast region, many of these in the Brisbane Water National Park.
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.
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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