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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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 […]

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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.