Volvon Village on Mallory Creek
Mortar Count: 715
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4 housepits near Bear Gulch
Welch-Hurst house
Mortar Count: 14
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Windmill Overlook, Central
Mortar Count: 22
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Windmill Overlook, Lower
Mortar Count: 20
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Below Knobcone Point Road
Mortar Count: 21
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Buckeye Canyon Mound
Chinese Tree of Heaven
Mortar Count: 18
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East Goat Rock Camp
Mortar Count: 4
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El Sobrante La Honda
First Terrace
Mortar Count: 31
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Green’s Village in Fig Pig Gulch
Mortar Count: 75
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Greenhill Ranch, aka The Green Ranch
Intersection of Devils Slide Trail and Trail Through Time
Mortar Count: 1
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Intersection of Molluck and Coyote Trails
Mortar Count: 11
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Jalquin Vista Park
Mortar Count: 16
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Jeff’s Niles Canyon Mortar
Mortar Count: 1
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Keller Ranch
Mortar Count: 2
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Lion’s Mane Village
Mortar Count: 72
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Long Canyon and Marsh Creek
Mortar Count: 36
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Los Vaqueros Pond Village
Mortar Count: 130
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Lower Volvon Village
Mortar Count: 200
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Martin House Suisun City
Mortar Count: 92
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North Knoll, Chinese Tree of Heaven
Mortar Count: 12
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North Morgan Territory Ridge
Mortar Count: 2
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Nothing There
Mortar Count: 38
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Ryan’s Hideaway
Mortar Count: 24
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Second Terrace
Mortar Count: 20
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Slick Ridge
Mortar Count: 33
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Feature: Housepits

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Volvon Village on Mallory Creek

Volvon Village on Mallory Creek 715 bedrock mortars and countless housepits spread over a half mile. Cupule rock. This village, located in the highlands of the Black Hills, must have been one of the largest settlements in the prehistoric Bay Area, yet it was, apparently, unknown to early archaeologists and historians. It does not appear […]

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Intersection of Molluck and Coyote Trails

Intersection of Molluck and Coyote Trails.11 Bedrock mortars.The site spans both sides of Coyote Trail. Possible housepits on the east side.This small site could have been home to one or two families. Perhaps they preferred the relative isolation of this spot to the more crowded settlements nearby.The main bedrock mortar rock at this site. See […]

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Windmill Overlook, Central

Windmill Overlook, Central22 bedrock mortars; housepitsElevation 1380 ft.From this ridge one can see and hear the windmills from the Altamont Pass wind farms.Alien creatures stalk across Ssaoam land..Looking toward the site..Two of the mortar rocks here.There are several housepits at this site..The rocks here provide some shelter from the prevailing winds. Note the volvano-shaped mortar […]

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Jalquin Vista Park

Jalquin Vista Park16 bedrock Mortars, many with recessed “Olla” rims3 housepitsElevation 1194 ft.What’s in a name? The City of Hayward may think this site was in Jalquin territory, but we believe the Yrgin controlled all of the Walpert Ridge “high country.”This is a great site with extensive views. You can drive right up to it.Note […]

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Windmill Overlook, Lower

Windmill Overlook, Lower20 bedrock mortars and several housepits spread along the base of a rock ledge.Elevation 1355 ft.Looking out on the Livermore Valley.Afternoon shadows creep across the land as Bob walks below the rock ledge.A two-mortar rock. Note the elliptical upper section of the funnel mortar.Photograph by Bob Bardell.

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Jeff’s Niles Canyon Mortar

Jeff’s Niles Canyon MortarOne bedrock mortar and a house pit along Alameda CreekElevation 217 ft.This is another one of Jeff’s beautiful single mortar sites.The site is on the left side of the trail under the trees.These rocks sit on a terrace above Alameda Creek, which flows in the background, and are arranged in a horseshoe […]

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Keller Ranch

Keller RanchTwo portable stone mortars incorporated into the ranch house foundation, which was constructed on an extensive midden deposit.Elevation 393 ft.A major Chupcan village occupied this area at the confluence of Donner, Mitchell, and Diablo Creeks.One of the portable mortars in the ranch house foundation.Obsidian debitage picked up from the ground surface around the ranch […]

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Lion’s Mane Village

Lion’s Mane Village72 bedrock mortars. Housepits.Named for an edible fungus found here.The area under the trees was probably once home to several families.The Lion’s Mane.Heather near grinding rocks. The open space here is a probable housepit.Jim and Heather examining bedrock mortars. This site is quite extensive. Explore.A venerable food processing station. Note that most of […]

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Long Canyon and Marsh Creek

Long Canyon and Marsh Creek36 bedrock mortars, 29 on one rock.The location of this site near the mouth of Hog Canyon meant that this was a “gatehouse” settlement guarding one of the principal routes into the Volvon heartland. This was one of the bedrock mortar sites known to early 20th century Contra Costa County historians.This […]

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4 housepits near Bear Gulch

4 housepits near Bear Gulch This counts as the most remote site we’ve found to date. Murietta Falls is pretty remote too, but people hike there all the time. No one goes to Bear Gulch other than the committed or those that should be. Be prepared to wade across Alameda Creek several times if you […]