Los Vaqueros Pond Village
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Los Vaqueros Pond Village

Los Vaqueros Pond Village
130 bedrock mortars and 4 slicks.
Elevation 642 ft.

The pond here is often dry. Nearby Adobe Creek would have provided year-round water to this village.

Jim among grinding rocks and housepits.

A view of the streamside terrace on the south bank of Pond Village Creek. At least three mortar rocks are visible in this photograph. Note the black soil.

Just seven mortar rocks hold over a third of the bedrock mortars at Pond Village. There are nine mortars on this rock. Five of them are shallow mortars that are hard to make out in this photograph. Note the possible pestle.

Those five shallow mortars lie close to three of the deeper mortars. Look carefully.

There are nine mortars on this slab in Pond Village Creek.

There are eight conical mortars on this rock–none of them deep–which sits on a south-facing slope near where Pond Village Creek debouches from the steep escarpment of the Black Hills.

A closer view of the rock.

Previous six photographs by Bob Bardell.

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