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Archeology "Aboriginal people have lived and continue to live in the Blue Mountains and have used this site for the last 22,000 years despite extremes of cold and dry accompanied by the last Ice Age." Kings Tableland Aboriginal Place is a camping and meeting place of significance to Gundungurra people. Why is it important to Aboriginal people? Kings Tableland Aboriginal Place is significant to Aboriginal culture because it includes, but is not limited to, a sandstone rock platform with extensive grinding and other grooves, a shelter with rock art that has been recorded as being the oldest Aboriginal site in the Blue Mountains region and containing unique vertically engraved depictions of kangaroo and bird tracks. It also provides the Gundungurra peoples with a traditional and historical connection to the Blue Mountains area. The area was used as a camping and meeting place where connections with neighbouring Aboriginal groups travelling through their Country and along the traditional walking tracks (now known as the Great Western Highway and the Ingar Fire Trail) occurred. The Kings Tableland was historically used as a camping site by Aboriginal residents of the Burragorang Valley Aboriginal camp who would walk to Wentworth Falls and Katoomba for employment purposes until the early 1900s.
Grinding Groves and Waterholes Aboriginal people used axe-grinding grooves to finish partly made axes (known as 'axe blanks') or sharpen axes that were worn or chipped. ... This rubbing action left grooves in the outcrop surface. Aboriginal people often sprinkled water on the sandstone to make it more abrasive. PLEASE DON'T damage them by doing your own grinding, admire and take photos :)
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