This sacred cave depicts generations of markings and drawings, with 857 motifs (mainly handprints) – the largest assemblage of motifs of any currently known sites.

Swinton’s Cave (or Swintons Shelter) is a long cave, which has hundred of hand stencils, many super-imposed on top of each other, along the walls and ceiling. Additional motifs include a red horned anthropomorph and pink and bichrome stencils of boomerangs at the northern end of the cave.

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The average shelter art site in NSW contains 26.4 motifs; Swintons Cave contains 857 motifs, which is the largest known assemblage – and also the the highest number of identifiable motifs (653).

Swintons Cave handprints

The site is also significant due to the extensive evidence of pigment art production, and the use of two colours in a single stencil (bichrome technique), which is very rare.

Above the cave are a number of grinding grooves.

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

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