Volvon Village on Mallory Creek 715 bedrock mortars and countless housepits spread over a half mile. Cupule rock. This village, located in the highlands of the Black Hills, must have been one of the largest settlements in the prehistoric Bay Area, yet it was, apparently, unknown to early archaeologists and historians. It does not appear […]
Jamie’s Knob13 bedrock mortars.Elevation 445 ft.Thanks to Jaime for turning us on to this great site. It’s just a short 20 minute walk from the end of Snyder Lane. When you go through the gate onto park land take the left-hand, single-track trail. This path conveys you to a private drive bordered by a public […]
Mid Silva Creek Terrace11 bedrock mortarsElevation 1101 ft.Thanks to Joel for discovering this beautiful, protected site.Looking down on the site with Los Vaqueros Reservoir in the background. Beyond the hills of the Vasco lies the San Joaquin Valley and the Sierra Nevada.Looking into the site.The mortars are strung out on a terrace along the creek.A […]
Tao House Grooved RockThis site is named for Eugene O’Neill’s nearby Tao House–a National Historic site.This rock sits all by itself in the middle of a big field on the side of Las Trampas Ridge. Across the San Ramon Valley to the east looms Mt. Diablo. The grooves in the rock are straight and of […]
Los Vaqueros Pond Village130 bedrock mortars and 4 slicks.CA-CCO-461Elevation 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. […]
Off Marsh Creek RoadAt least 5 bedrock mortarsElevation 370 ft.You’ll find the mortars on this exposed bedrock bench.Three of the mortars.A small hill rises about a quarter mile southeast of the bench. Bob enjoys the view from a curiously-shaped (and colored) rock we call “the throne.”This perfect bowl occupies the top of a rock not […]
Volvon Overlook3 bedrock mortars, 2 of them bowls.Looking down Mallory Creek toward Brushy Peak.It is only 6 miles as the crow flies to the regional trading grounds on the NE side of Brushy Peak.This is a natural lookout point. A group concerned about security would undoubtedly post someone up here.
Green’s Village in Fig Pig Gulch75+ bedrock mortars; housepits.Elevation 716 ft.Jeff discovered this beautiful village on a Thanksgiving morning (!) reconnaisance hike. A great find, Jeff. The village extends over a wide area, and, like the Volvon Village, could be viewed as a collection of separate sites. We prefer the holistic view. About half the […]