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Kitchen Site – Bay Area Native Sites
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Kitchen Site


Kitchen Site
22 bedrock mortars.
Elevation 820 ft.

We call this the “kitchen site” in honor of the twelve mortar rock found here.

Heading down to the site.

Photograph by Bob Bardell.

This twelve mortar rock has some of the deepest bedrock mortars you’ll ever see. Three of these bullet-shaped mortars are over 15″ deep.


A closeup of some of the deep mortars. Note that the rims of these mortars are not particularly rounded. Their mouths don’t flare much either. Could this mean that the pestles used here were formed from tree branches and deployed from a standing position?


You’ll find several mortar rocks in the underbrush alongside the little ravine here.


Closeup of a beautiful mortar with a possible companion.

Previous two photographs by Bob Bardell.


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