4 housepits near Bear Gulch
Below Jamie’s Knob
Mortar Count: 4
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Benica Quarry #1
Mortar Count: 5
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Benica Quarry #2
Mortar Count: 20
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Chinese Tree of Heaven
Mortar Count: 18
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Garin Park, east spur
Mortar Count: 2
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Garin, single morta
Mortar Count: 1
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Hill 1424
Mortar Count: 4
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Jeff’s Lookout
Mortar Count: 1
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Martin House Suisun City
Mortar Count: 92
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Mid-Walpert Village
Mortar Count: 32
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North Knoll, Chinese Tree of Heaven
Mortar Count: 12
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North Vargas Plateau
Mortar Count: 2
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Prayer Ridge
Rockwall to Campsite
Mortar Count: 8
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Ryan’s Hideaway
Mortar Count: 24
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South of Prayer Circle
Mortar Count: 1
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South Vargas Plateau
Mortar Count: 3
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Stonebrae, 16th hole
Mortar Count: 5
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Suisun Creek Village Suisun City
Sunol Ridge Prayer Circle
Sunol Ridge, North of Prayer Circle
Sunol Ridge, South of Prayer Circle
SW Walpert Ceremonial Site
Mortar Count: 22
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SW Windy Point
Mortar Count: 9
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Tolenas Springs Village
Mortar Count: 41
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Upper Palomares Canyon
Mortar Count: 1
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Upper San Leandro Reservoir
Mortar Count: 8
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Upper Welch Creek Road
Mortar Count: 5
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Williams Gulch
Mortar Count: 2
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Feature: Private Property

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North Vargas Plateau

North Vargas Plateau1 bedrock mortar and 1 portable mortarPossible adjoining prayer seat.Elevation 1150 ft.A reader of Native American Indian Sites in the East Bay Hills turned us on to this site. Keep those emails coming folks.In the distance: Alameda Creek catchment basin, Coyote Hills, the Peninsula.A closeup of the pestle. The discoloration probably isn’t paint, […]

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SW Walpert Ceremonial Site

SW Walpert Ceremonial Site.22 bedrock mortars and stone circle placementsElevation 1365 ft.There are extensive views from here.Bob heads for the knob.A closer view of the site. The South Bay lies at its feet.Note the erosion and wear on these two old bowls. Their recessed, “Olla” rims are typically associated with boiling water or food preparation, […]

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Benica Quarry #1

Benica Quarry #15 bedrock mortarsElevation 140 ft.Look for these mortars on the top rock of a small outcrop.Jim inspects the site.This site is on private property. One should secure permission before visiting it.

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Prayer Ridge

Prayer RidgePossible TsektselElevation 1651 ft.Looking toward the possible tsektsel.A closer look. Note the stacked rocks.Photograph by James Benney.Follow this path to gain entry to the possible tsektsel.This is an almost complete circular enclosure. It contains a smaller stone ring as well.This site is on private property. One should secure permission before visiting it.Photographs by Bob […]

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SW Windy Point

SW Windy Point9 bedrock mortars near a creek confluence just off the trail.This site is on private property. One should secure permission before visiting it.There are probably more mortars on this slope than meet the eye. Soil washing down from above may soon bury these.

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Benica Quarry #2

Benica Quarry #220 bedrock mortarsJim examines an unusual mortar rock at this site.This mortar arrangement is a work of art. Note the flaring rim of the far right mortar.This site is on private property. One should secure permission before visiting it.

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Rockwall to Campsite

Rockwall to Campsite8 bedrock mortars and grinding slick.What’s the function of this wall? A section line? Not likely. Why is it aligned with a Yrgin camp and a spring?Another view of the wall.Photograph by Bob BardellTake time to find all the mortars here and enjoy the ambience of this site. It’s cool in the summer, […]

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Tolenas Springs Village

Tolenas Springs Village41 bedrock mortars, 10+ cupules, probable mortarsElevation 268 ft.An artesian spring once geysered water ten feet into the air near the source of Soda Springs Creek, but quarrying for travertine and onyx (begun in the 1850s) eventually destroyed that flow. Patwins referred to this area as the land of healing waters. A resort […]

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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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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 […]