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

MarshCreekSite

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 […]

BearGulch

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 […]

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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. […]

Below-Knobcone-Point

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 […]

LowerVillageNipple

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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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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Martin House Suisun City

Martin House Suisun City92 bedrock mortarsElevation 174 ft.The Martin House was constructed in 1861 on the site of a Suisun village.Most of the mortars here are on one rock.This site is on private property. One should secure permission before visiting it.

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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 […]

NorthKnollCTH

North Knoll, Chinese Tree of Heaven

North Knoll, Chinese Tree of Heaven12 bedrock mortars, probable housepitsA crudely stacked rock wall protects a small campsite.One should secure permission before visiting this site.