Below Knobcone Point Road
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Below Knobcone Point Road


Below Knobcone Point Road
21 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 a “gatehouse” function.

The two bowls on this rock are similar to the ones below Cave Point. Their bottoms are flat with mortars at the center. The side walls bulge into the surrounding rock in the classic “Olla” style. These bowls are quite worn and give the appearance of age. It’s possible that the inner mortars represent a secondary use of the bowls, adopted after the original use was discontinued. On the other hand, the mortars may have been an integral part of the design. There is a lot we don’t know.


Bob prepares to measure a mortar on this beautiful rock. It’s a nice place to kick back on a warm day.