Ring Mountain kitchen rockOne bedrock mortar, one anvil, and middenElevation 23 ft.This is another one of Joel’s discoveries. It’s a beautiful streamside site not far from the bay. The mortar is on mica schist. Look for small garnets and larger amphibolite crystals embedded in the rock. These are unusual high pressure, low temperature minerals.The kitchen […]
Silva Creek Cave1 bedrock mortar in a rock shelter; a possible basin metate.Elevation 713 ft.Bob stands at the mouth of the cave. There’s plenty of room inside and comfortable sleeping areas.This beautiful cone-shaped mortar sits right in the middle of an ergonomically contoured rock slab.We believe the trinomial for this site is CA-CCO-6.
SW Walpert Ceremonial Site.22 bedrock mortars and stone circle placementsElevation 1365 ft.There are extensive views from here.Bob heads for the knob.A closer view of the site. The South Bay lies at its feet.Note the erosion and wear on these two old bowls. Their recessed, “Olla” rims are typically associated with boiling water or food preparation, […]
Upper Pond Village Creek10 bedrock mortars and 10 cupules.Elevation 1888 ft.This site sits beside the creek that flows down to the Pond Village. One of the mortars here is on a nice, flat slab in the creekbed.All ten cupules are on this rock, although it’s hard to make them out in this picture. Two are […]
Willow Park Golf Course10 bedrock mortars, 9 on one rock.Elevation 210 ft.Joel couldn’t believe we had no sites in Chabot Regional Park except for the single “probable” mortar on MacDonald Trail. So he decided to do something about it.This beautiful kitchen rock sits near the golf course next to a creek.A closer look at the […]
Deer IslandTwo bedrock mortars and two anvilsElevation 155 ft.This is another one of Joel’s North Bay discoveries. The mortars are on the other side of this somewhat unpromising-looking rock.Why are mortars conjoined like this? The difference in depth suggests that the shallower one is a “starter” mortar where nuts like acorns are broken up into […]
Glen Cove Park, aka Sogorea Te3,500 year old village site, shell midden, and burial ground.20+ bedrock mortars visible at low tide on wave-cut benchs.Elevation 10 ft.Thanks to Joel for leading us here.Inhabitants of this village crossed the Carquinez Strait in tule balsas to greet the Fages expedition in 1772. Fages noted in his diary that […]
Jamie’s Knob13 bedrock mortars.Elevation 445 ft.Thanks to Jaime for turning us on to this great site. It’s just a short 20 minute walk from the end of Snyder Lane. When you go through the gate onto park land take the left-hand, single-track trail. This path conveys you to a private drive bordered by a public […]