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Orestimba – Bay Area Native Sites

Orestimba

Orestimba
73 bedrock mortars, rock shelters
Elevation 274 ft.

Jeff’s fishing buddies told him he should check out this interesting rock formation alongside the California aqueduct near Newman–a great suggestion.

Lieutenant Moraga and Father Viader first met with Yokuts Indians on October 25, 1810 somewhere near this rock formation, probably amonst the sycamores along Orestimba Creek. Because the Spaniards and Indians agreed to meet again here the following year, this location became known as the “meeting place.”

A closer look at the rock formation.

Several rock shelters here have beautiful bedrock mortars in their floors. Note the machined interiors of these mortars.

The top of the rock is home to many of the bedrock mortars at this site.

Bill LaCommare shot the following photos in February of 2015.

The deep bullet-shaped mortars here are similar to the deep bullet-shaped mortars found at the Riggs Canyon Rock site.

The remaining colorful and picturesque photographs of mortars and rock shelters are presented without comment. Enjoy!

Check out this video of Orestimba by Alexander Kerekes.


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