Summary: A significant Aboriginal engraving site at Cottage Point, with two deity (Baiame) figures. Both have a rayed headress and vertical stripes on their bodies.

On a small rock platform in the middle of a ridge at Cottage Point are two Aboriginal engravings of deities.

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Both deities, most likely representations of Baiame, have a rayed headdress, and multiple vertical stripes on their body.

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The larger of the two Baiame figures is sixteen feet (over five metres) in height.

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The figure has six vertical stripes on its body.

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The smaller Baiame is 14 feet high (just under five metres), and has three vertical stripes on his body.

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Both the Baiame figures have very detailed rayed headresses.

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The sacred site was interpreted by McCarthy as a place where “these heroes have come down from the sky to the earth during a ritual”. A line of mundoes at an Aboriginal engraving site near Taber Trig points to this site. Another Baiame figure on Mount Murray Anderson is said to be pointing to this site.

A kangaroo was also recorded by Campbell about twenty metres north-west of the two deities.

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