Ancient Aboriginal ‘Hand Art’, Discoverd In Sydney’s Suburbs

Almost two-dozen ancient ‘hand-art’ stencils and other Aboriginal creations discovered in an Australian suburb.

 Aboriginal stecils

In the Sydney Australian suburb of North shore, near a fresh water creek and within walking distance to local homes, a branch of Sydney Water has discovered ancient, stenciled hand prints and art work depicting the everyday life of Aboriginal people.

Sydney Water or formally known as the Sydney Water corporation, not only provides and maintains the fresh drinking-water of the greater Sydney area, but often seeks out, catalogs and preserves ancient sites like this one, due to its significance to the native Aboriginal people.

These fascinating and primitive works of art that were found on the recessed stone walls that contain a freshwater river, consisted of crude drawings of eels, tools used for hunting and well over 20, red and white hand stencils; created by an artist first mixing a concoction of clay and water in their mouths and then spraying a mist of spit across the back of their hand while it was pressed tightly against the stone surface, leaving an outline of the artists hand.

Although this site is just one of many sites in the surrounding area; that once was a major focal point for Aboriginal activity, it holds a greater significance due tho the fact, that this art work was not etched into the walls, but painted. It is theorized that this archeological find dates back to over 20,000 years ago and well before the native people possessed the technological knowledge to create and utilize a tool that would be able to endure the wear and tear of etching hard stone surfaces.

Specialists theorize that the artists of these ancient master pieces may have been people who belonged to the Kamergal; a clan of the Eora Nation, whose population was almost completely eradicated in the late eighteenth century by English colonists and convicts.

Many mysteries surround the site in regard to its significance to the native people and its actual discovery. Some specialists theorize that it was used for camping and fishing, due to the paintings depictions of eels and spear tips. While another group speculates that it may have been a site were women would give birth, because some of the stencils are believed to be of young children’s. currently it is difficult to pin point the actual date of discovery, due to graffiti found within the sites location. The graffiti consists of the names of several hard-rock and heavy metal rock bands names; like Metallica, Guns and Roses and D.R.I. It is currently not being speculated that the ancient Aboriginal people were fans of these modern hard-rock and thrash metal acts.

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