Volvon Village on Mallory Creek
Mortar Count: 715
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4 housepits near Bear Gulch
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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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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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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East Goat Rock Camp

East Goat Rock Camp4 bedrock mortars and a probable housepitElevation 1451 ft.We’d hiked around and through this area a number of times, but it took Jeff’s sharp eyes to find this beautiful site. A picturesque seasonal creek flows nearby in a rocky channel.Looking over the main mortar rock toward Alameda Creek. A protected basin lies […]

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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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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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El Sobrante La Honda

El Sobrante La HondaMidden and probable village site.Elevation 134 ft.Joel strikes again.The house probably sits on top of a village site, perhaps one those along San Pablo Creek marked on Sherburne Cook’s map of East Bay Indian villages.Midden soil.

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Los Vaqueros Pond Village

Los Vaqueros Pond Village130 bedrock mortars and 4 slicks.CA-CCO-461Elevation 642 ft.The pond here is often dry. Nearby Adobe Creek would have provided year-round water to this village.Jim among grinding rocks and housepits.A view of the streamside terrace on the south bank of Pond Village Creek. At least three mortar rocks are visible in this photograph. […]

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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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First Terrace

First Terrace31 bedrock mortars, a 23 cupule rock, and 3-4 housepits.Elevation 775 ft.This site and the Kitchen site are actually on the same terrace, separated by a creekbed, but because we discovered and named the Kitchen site first, we called this site the “First Terrace.”A view of the First Terrace. The cupule rock is near […]

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Lower Volvon Village

Lower Volvon Village200 bedrock mortars and a 32 cupule rock. A second cupule rock also at the site. Numerous housepits.Elevation 1445 ft.This is one of the largest collections of bedrock mortars in California, and it is only about a mile and a half away from the main Volvon Village.The Lower Village sits on the side […]

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Green’s Village in Fig Pig Gulch

Green’s Village in Fig Pig Gulch75+ bedrock mortars; housepits.Elevation 716 ft.Jeff discovered this beautiful village on a Thanksgiving morning (!) reconnaisance hike. A great find, Jeff. The village extends over a wide area, and, like the Volvon Village, could be viewed as a collection of separate sites. We prefer the holistic view. About half the […]