Australian Rock Find Dates to 2000 BC

Bob Carr spoke to the Australian Parliament and said: “If someone in Italy said they had just found a new Etruscan tomb, that would date back to 700BC. This find is 2000BC. If someone excavating in Athens discovered the ancient foundations of a classical building, this is 1500 years before that. It is eerie, exciting, this contact with a very old Australia, with the Aboriginal people who have been expressing their spiritual views in this remote rock shelter deep in the wilderness for so long.”

Bob Carr insisted that these images were “the greatest advertisement for saving wild places in national parks.”

This find has been described as the most significant Aboriginal rock art find in 50 years. The images are on the walls of a rock shelter in Wollemi National Park. There are 203 drawings that depict an extraordinary array of images and styles, from birds, lizards and wallabies to stencils of hands, boomerangs and axes, a naturalistic, soaring eagle and even a depiction of a wombat, rarely found in rock art. There are 11 layers in the works. The oldest date to the age when the Egyptian civilization was well advanced and the most recent date back to the early 1880’s.

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