In 2016 archaeological test pits were excavated in front of the Kitchen Shelter.
There were no artefacts recovered from subsurface or surface investigations around the Kitchen Shelter. This was unexpected given the proximity and density of artefacts found at the Tool Shelter.
In an interview with Traditional Owner Hague Best about the cultural significance of these two sites Mr Best said, “you won’t find your tool shed in your kitchen” (Jabree Ltd/ Virtus Heritage 2017 in Jabree Ltd 2018, 38). Mr Best explained that the Kitchen Shelter was more likely an occupational/camping site, or a living/cooking area. As the Tool Shelter was used for stone tool manufacturing, and was used as a workshop. By separating these activities, sharp stone objects were not lying around in the “living room” (Jabree Ltd/ Virtus Heritage 2017 in Jabree Ltd 2018, 38).
The large number of artefacts present in the “tool shed” indicate that these Rock Shelters were used by a substantial population, most likely on a seasonal basis (Jabree Ltd/ Virtus Heritage 2017 in Jabree Ltd 2018, 38).
The Tool Making Shelter located on the left semi-obscured by trees is the smaller of the two rock shelters. It was excavated in 2011. The Kitchen Shelter located on the right is the larger rock shelter. It is surrounded by trees. Two people are working close to the entrance of the Kitchen Shelter. They are investigating the subsurface (2016).
Jabree Ltd 2012. The Results of a Cultural Heritage Assessment for Yarrabilba. A report prepared for Lendlease Pty Ltd.
Jabree Ltd/ Virtus Heritage 2017. Jabree Rock Shelter and Cultural Landscape Cultural Heritage Study Yarrabilba and Cedar Creek, Southeast Queensland, prepared for Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP)
Jabree Ltd 2018. Cultural Heritage Assessment Summary Report 2011-2017. Yarrabilba Priority Development Area. A report prepared for Lendlease Pty Ltd.