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Curry Creek Milling Station – Bay Area Native Sites
Curry Creek Milling Station
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Curry Creek Milling Station


Curry Creek Milling Station.
18 bedrock mortar milling station on a side creek; leaching slick in the creek.

The huge bowls found here are like no others we’ve discovered in the East Bay hills. They are deep and wide and have bullet-shaped mortars in their bottoms. Deep cone-shaped mortars with unusually large oval mouths also appear here. This was a major food processing center, and its proximity to Mt. Diablo may have had special significance.

Both major and minor axes exceed 12 inches on some of these oval-mouthed mortars.


Looking down the throat of one of the big oval-mouthed mortars. Note the machined interior

Photograph by Bob Bardell.

One of the largest mortar bowls you’ll ever see.


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