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 18 (2)
Figure 18(2)*
Location Roe River
GPS Coordinates
Undisclosed
Site Number 8
Other Plates from this site N/A, Site 9 is very close to this site
Location Plate 19(2)*
Location
Description
The art site is in an overhang on the northern side of the Roe River. It is close to some large waterfalls. The river in this locality is enclosed in a deep gorge. The overhang is halfway up the gorge wall and some climbing is required to reach the art site. The overhang is moderately suitable for habitation. It offers good views of the narrow gorge downstream.
Comments
This panel is on a vertical rock wall. The art is moderately well preserved. The lower painting in the panel is about 50cm long.
Interpretation The lower painting in this panel is a brown colour and the upper painting is a red colour. The lower painting looks like a ceremonial headdress. It is conical and comprises an outline infilled with rows of vertical, dashed lines. There is a spiky pompom at its upper tip. The rim of the headdress is fluted and is infilled by horizontal, dashed lines. The upper painting is poorly executed. It may be an attempt to copy the headdress in the lower half of the panel. It is a different colour to the lower painting and appears washed out. It has a spiky pompom and a fluted rim but there are no dashed lines infilling the outline of the headdress.
 
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