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Parkman’s midden – Bay Area Native Sites
Parkman’s midden
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Parkman’s midden


Parkman’s midden
Elevation 88 ft.

We named this site after E. Breck Parkman, Senior State Archaeologist for California State Parks.

We got to see Joel in action here. After locating a jasper boulder mentioned in one of Parkman’s reports, Joel paced out the distance to this midden, which was also mentioned in the report. He walked right to it.

This is a beautiful midden site on a marine terrace. A perennial creek flows along the site’s south side. This view looks north over the midden toward the mammoth rubbing rocks and the Russian River.


The midden soil here is black and flecked with shell.


This midden holds a tremendous amount of debitage, mainly chert.


This specimen may be a former basalt scraper that was on its way to becoming a notched base projectile point.


All stone specimens shown here were returned to the mound.

Photographs by Bob Bardell


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