Vansittart Bay Art & Nature

A small and remote bay in the Kimberley is where you find Jar Island and the outstanding and old Gwion Gwion art.  It could be 50000 years old.  Aboriginal legend attributes the creation of the art to birds.

The dating of the Gwion Gwion art is controversial.  No pigment actually remains on the rock surface, making carbon dating impossible.  However a fossilised wasp nest covers part of the paintings and this was carbon dated in 1996.  It was dated at over 17000 years old.

Standing near the Gwion Gwion art, whether they are 17000 or 50000 years old, is a humbling experience.

Time stands still here.


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