ROCK ART OF THE GROOTE EYLANDT ARCHIPELAGO
This page utilises D'Stretch technology to identify signature features in the rock art of the archipelago to establish points of divergence in style that suggest different periods of activity and examples of convergence with such areas as the Wessel Islands. An example is the addition of outer lines of pigment which appear to be added to enclose an image by later aspirants to ownership of the cave sites perhaps as hubs of intersecting lines of cultural activity. On Groote, such activity sometimes employs the black manganese pigment for which the island is known. Many images have been captured by individuals who had access to these sites decades before the current restrictions sadly became necessary. If anyone has interesting images to share or artefacts to anonymously repatriate please get in touch.
The Angurugu Shelter
This is unusual as it contains numerous images of stone and iron axes. Thanks to Rebecca & Stan for these photos.
Stan's images highlight the dolphin hunt - the monkey figure and the wider scheme & the outstretched hand above the whale at centre.
The depiction of the Dolphin hunt shows 3 barbed spears - the head shot is perhaps a variety of whop attached by braided chord to the canoe - fatigue and harassment exhaust the quarry to end the struggle. Dolphin will not take a lure - even though Macassan trolling rigs were famous and highly sought after.