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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Ryan’s Hideaway

Ryan’s Hideaway24 bedrock mortars.This site is named in honor of Ryan the Cowboy, who has kicked us off the ridge several times when we accidentally strayed onto private property.Being tucked away in a little hollow amid sheltering trees gives this site a “hideaway” feel. Look for more mortars on and around the little hill that […]

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Below Knobcone Point Road

Below Knobcone Point Road21 bedrock mortars, 16 on one rock.This may have been a seasonal camp, viable when there was water flowing in the nearby branches of Sycamore Creek. The notch cut by Sycamore Creek through the Black Hills provides one of the few easy routes into Volvon territory, so this camp may have had […]

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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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Second Terrace

Second Terrace20 bedrock mortars; housepits.Elevation 880 ft.That’s another multiple mortar rock at the center of the photo.A closer view. Note the bell-shaped vegetation plug.A view over some of the mortar rocks here.Previous two photographs by Bob Bardell.

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Buckeye Canyon Mound

Buckeye Canyon MoundShellmound in a beautiful canyon settingElevation 242 ft.Thanks to midden man for directing us here.The map accompanying N. C. Nelson’s Shellmounds of the San Francisco Bay Region showed six shellmounds clustered along the south shore of the now-filled Brisbane lagoon. Undoubtedly this was one of them.Looking out over the mound. We estimate its […]

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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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Slick Ridge

Slick Ridge33 bedrock mortars, numerous slicks, and multiple housepits on a ridge between Blue Oak and Volvon Trails.Many of these mortars are pot or pan-shaped, relative rarities in Volvon territory.We call this Slick Ridge because of all the flat rocks with shallow indentations we’ve found here. It’s hard to tell sometimes what’s a slick and […]

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Chinese Tree of Heaven

Chinese Tree of Heaven18 bedrock mortars (including 5 bowl mortars), 3 metates, 2 cupules, incised rocks, rock rectangles, rock walls, and rock-lined pathwaysThe Chinese Tree of Heaven tree (Ailanthus altissima) was introduced to California by the Chinese during the Gold Rush. The presence of this tree along with the dry-laid masonry skill apparent in a […]

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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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Welch-Hurst house

Welch-Hurst house14 bedrock mortarsElevation 1421 ft.Another one of Joel’s South Bay discoveries. This one is in Sanborn-Skyline County Park.Judge James Welch constructed this log-style house in 1892 (although some sources say 1908) as a summer home for his family. The historic value of the house, according to the National Register of Historic Places, derives from […]