Mid Silva Creek Terrace11 bedrock mortarsElevation 1101 ft.Thanks to Joel for discovering this beautiful, protected site.Looking down on the site with Los Vaqueros Reservoir in the background. Beyond the hills of the Vasco lies the San Joaquin Valley and the Sierra Nevada.Looking into the site.The mortars are strung out on a terrace along the creek.A […]
North Fork Lynch CreekOne bedrock mortarElevation 535 ft.You’ll find this mortar not far from the creek.Lynch Canyon Open Space is now open to the public year-round from 9 AM to 5 PM on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays. Nonetheless, it would be wise to check Lynch Canyon information before planning your trip.We were conducted to this […]
Rankin Park Overlook1 bedrock mortar.Elevation 295 ft.The largest Indian village early Spanish explorers encountered was probably Carquin. There was a major Carquin village in Crockett on whose site Thomas Edwards constructed the “Old Homestead,” California Historic Landmark #731. This site, needless to say, was not a major one.Jim looks down at the Rankin Park mortar.
Stromer Spring25 bedrock mortars, cupules, and PCN-style petroglyphsElevation 2023 ft.We used to drink from Stromer Spring in the not-so-distant past. The Park District warns against doing it now.A nice, single-track trail passes near here. We followed it many times without ever stopping to examine these rocks. If we considered them at all, we dismissed them […]
Upper Marie Creek25 bedrock mortarsElevation 1052 ft.Thanks to Jeff for discovering this beautiful village site, which lies just off the Bay Area Ridge Trail about a quarter of a mile beyond the gate that marks the boundary of Skyline Wilderness Park.Bob approaches the site. A utility pole conveniently marks the location of the mortar-bearing outcrop. […]
ALA-6044 bedrock mortars and 182 cupules near the intersection of Crow Canyon Road and Castro Valley Boulevard.The official trinomial for this site is CA-ALA-60. E. Breck Parkman, Senior State Archaeologist for California State Parks, suggests this may be one of the oldest acorn processing sites in the Bay Area. Cultural material excavated here has been […]