The Kimberley Region of North West Australia

An Account of Exploring the Kimberley

 
 
Site / Plate Number
Site 1 19(1) 20(1) 21(1) 22(1) 23(1) 24(1)
Site 2 26(1) 27(1)
Site 3 32(1)
Site 6 10(2) 11(2)
Site 7 16(2) 17(2)
Site 8 18(2)
Site 9 24(2)
Site 13 15(3) 16(3)
Site 14a 7(4)
 
Plate 15 (3)
Figure 15(3)*
Location Plateau between the Moran and Roe Rivers
GPS Coordinates
Undisclosed
Site Number 13
Other Plates from this site 16(3)*
Location Plate 14(2)*
Location
Description
The art site is in a small overhang under a sandstone prominence on the otherwise flat plateau surface. The overhang is extensively decorated with cupules and grooves.
Comments
This art is low down on the wall of the overhang. It is well preserved.
Interpretation The panel comprises at least four sub-vertical abraded grooves about 20cm long in pale sandstone. At their centres, the grooves are up to 6mm deep. The sandstone within the grooves appears significantly fresher than the surrounding patinated sandstone, suggesting that the features are relatively youthful. It is possible that the abraded grooves are 'gestural' marks resulting from rain-making or other increase ceremonies (see also plate 16/3). The cupules described in the next plate can be seen in the upper right hand corner.
 
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