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Grinding Grooves

Axe grinding grooves provide clear evidence of Aboriginal occupation in an area.

Grinding grooves were used by Aboriginal people to finish newly made axes. They were also used to sharpen worn axes.

The axes were sharpened by rubbing the edges over sandstone, leaving the grooves in the surface.

While axe grinding grooves are often found along the edges of rivers & creeks they are also found on flat sandstone areas on high ridges with excellent views. These high locations often have circular water pots cut into the sandstone.

Water was used to make the sandstone more abrasive & to reduce dust.