Wollemi find an Aboriginal seat of the gods

From the Sydney Morning Herald: Wollemi find an Aboriginal seat of the gods.

A rock platform in the heart of the Wollemi wilderness may be the closest thing Australia has to Mount Olympus, the seat of the gods in Greek mythology.

Last spring archaeologists discovered an enormous slab of sandstone, 100 metres long and 50 metres wide, in the 500,000-hectare Wollemi National Park. It was covered in ancient art.

The gallery depicted an unprecedented collection of powerful ancestral beings from Aboriginal mythology.

Last week the archaeologists who found the platform, Dr Matthew Kelleher and Michael Jackson, returned with a rock art expert from Griffith University, Professor Paul Tacon, a Blue Mountains-based archaeologist, Wayne Brennan, and several of their colleagues. Two senior members of the Aboriginal community — a Darkinjung sites officer, Dave Pross, and a Central Australian artist, Rodger Shannon-Uluru – and the Herald joined the expedition.

For most of the day the engravings are almost invisible. In the low light of dawn and dusk the images are briefly revealed.

The team had five days to document 42 figurative motifs, and by the first evening Professor Tacon, Mr Brennan and Dr Kelleher had recognised a gathering of the gods. The supreme being Baiame and his son Daramulan were both there. Near them is an evil and powerful club-footed being, infamous for eating children. [continue]