In 2011, the Jabree cultural heritage survey team and Traditional Owner, Hague Best, inspected a rock shelter that was visible from the access track (Caves Track). The Tool Making Shelter is the larger of the two ground-level rock shelters. The team found a larger surface artefact scatter in front of the Tool Making Shelter.
In December 2011, there was a total of 98 stone artefacts recovered from a 4 square metre sample surface collection. Further subsurface investigations recovered 1116 stone artefacts. The subsurface findings represented a density of 232 artefacts per square metre.
These excavations suggested that a range of subsistence activities took place at this location. These activities would have included camping, food preparation and the manufacture of stone tools. Discussions with Traditional Owners suggests that this could have been:
a gender specific site
a teaching place, or
linked to ceremonial activities.
This further increases the potential for cultural heritage finds.
Traditional Owners suggested data collected from these excavations indicated “that this site has the potential to make a substantial contribution to the archaeological record of Aboriginal history of the Gold Coast region. Based on consultation with the Gold Coast Native Title Group, this site holds significance for the Gold Coast Traditional Owner community as it is a unique example of their cultural heritage and represents a material link with their past” (Jabree 2012 in Jabree 2018, 26).
The picutre below shows four small stone blades. Three are examples of silcrete blades found in Neumann Park. The fourth blade (far right) is a quartzite blade also found in Neumann Park.