First Terrace
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First Terrace


First Terrace
31 bedrock mortars, a 23 cupule rock, and 3-4 housepits.
Elevation 775 ft.

This site and the Kitchen site are actually on the same terrace, separated by a creekbed, but because we discovered and named the Kitchen site first, we called this site the “First Terrace.”

A view of the First Terrace. The cupule rock is near the lower left corner of this photograph.
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Photograph by Bob Bardell.

There are mortars and housepits here.
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A housepit in a protected location. Look for mortars in the surrounding rocks. Note the beautiful blooming buckeyes. The Ssaoams probably used the seeds for food after pounding them into flour and then leaching out the poisonous saponins. Unleached flour could be tossed into pools or ponds to kill or stupefy fish.


There are 23 cupules on this rock, which is set on the eastern side of the First Terrace near the slope of the hill up to the Second Terrace. The use of cupule rocks here and elsewhere is, for the most part, shrouded in mystery. See Cupule Petroglyphs in the Diablo Range by E. Breck Parkman in the Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 254-55 (1986) for a discussion of this rock art form.