Summary: Recorded during a field survey conducted prior to the construction of the Sydney to Newcastle freeway through Cowan, this Aboriginal engraving site was determined as being of significant anthropological significance.

Located along the Vize spur in Cowan, this Aboriginal engraving site was described as “a site with considerable anthropological interest” in a report by J.C. Lough (which was conducted to identify carving sites in the vicinity of the Sydney to Newcastle freeway). Interestingly, while this site was identified as a new site in the 1967 report by J.C. Lough, the site was documented earlier by McCarthy and Hansen in 1960 (Mankind Vol 5, No. 9).

site sketch Vize Spur engraving site

The most prominent figures are two men who are depicted “head to head”.

AWAT8349 LR highlighted Vize Spur engraving site

The larger male figure has elaborate markings on its upper body.

AWAT8329 LR Vize Spur engraving site

The second male figure is more crudely drawn, but has well defined fingers and elongated

AWAT8331 LR Vize Spur engraving site

Further up the rock platform is a woman, who has both two distinct breasts and an elongated penis.

AWAT8388 LR Vize Spur engraving site
AWAT8390 LR Vize Spur engraving site

Near the woman is what was described by J.C. Lough as a “phallic symbol”, but may be a club.

AWAT8368 LR Vize Spur engraving site

Traversing the Aboriginal engraving site are two lines of mundoes (at least 23 have been recorded).

Vize Spur engraving site - 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.
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.
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.
There are about 300 recorded Aboriginal heritage sites in Wollemi National Park, with the rugged and remote environment meaning many sites are yet to be "discovered" and recorde.
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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