Distribution Of Known Sites
aboriginal sites

This map shows the distribution of known sites in the Hazelbrook / Wooodford area. Compared to a modern map, it underlines the fact that} whereas European settlement is confined to the main ridge and close-by spurs, Aboriginal occupation was much more widespread, following the spurs further and spilling down the slopes and into the shallow headvalleys.

Only deep gullies seem to have been avoided. In viewing this map it is well to remember that intense surveying in some areas has resulted in dense clustering in the corresponding parts of the map. It can be assumed that a similar density could be extrapolated to other areas that were equally favourable to human occupation.

Expressing site density as the number of sites per square kilometre, parts of Lawson Ridge past Queen's Rd. runs to as much as 8 to 10/km , which is comparable to Asgard Swamp, Sun Valley and parts of Winmale  which have been closely studied, and much higher than anywhere else in the state where I know careful surveys have been conducted. This shows that the Blue Mountains was a region very favourable to Aboriginal living.

One peculiarity of the Central Blue Mountains is that while sites occur here as frequently as in the Upper and Lower BlueMountains, there is a noticeable lack of major sites, that is, ones with an abundance of worked stone. The impression is of many sites being used for short lengths of time. Parallel to this is the concentraion of art sites in the Central Blue Mountains which have led several researchers to suppose that Aborigines resorted to this area for ceremonial purposes.

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