The 10m long etched line across the exposed rock platform here is a precious part of the human story of this place.
This has been assessed by several archaeologists as most likely being Aboriginal in origin. It is the only known evidence (physical or documentary) of past Aboriginal links with 20 Mile Hollow. The wider precinct however is richly endowed with other sites including rock engravings, cave paintings, grinding grooves, stone arrangements, shelters and occupation sites.
The density of sites in the precinct and mid-mountains generally suggests the area was well used by Aboriginal people before colonisation.
It is thought that the Woodford precinct represents a ‘crossroads’ area where travel routes along main ridges from the north, south, east and west came together, and that the mid-mountains may have been an important ceremonial zone.
In recognition of the cultural significance of this place for Aboriginal people, artist Chris Tobin created this artwork for display here in Woodford Academy.
The circles and the lines linking them portray the connections between the six Aboriginal language groups that care for Country across the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. The white lines represent springs on Country. They remind us how we all drink from the one water and of our responsibility to care for it.