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 […]
Live Oak Campground28 bedrock mortar milling station; nearby pictograph cave of probable historic origin.This settlement and the one at Rock City are the highest habitation sites in the Volvon Territory. Many ancient trails converge near Curry Point, not far from here, suggesting that these two sites sat at the gateway to the top of Mount […]
Near Intersection of Blue Oak and Miwok Trails5 bedrock mortars, slicksElevation 2064 ft.Just when we’d thought we’d probably seen it all in Morgan Territory, we took this little single-track trail and … The mortars here are all borderline examples. They may have started life as natural featuresBob studies a probable bedrock mortarA likely mortar.
Lower Village OverlookOne bowl-shaped mortar about 7″ in diameter.One larger bowl mortar with a V-shaped cone mortar inside it.Both mortars on one rock.We call this area overlooking the Lower Volvon Village “Louise’s Shelf” in honor of Louise Lacey, whose interest in power spots in the East Bay led us to this site and others nearby.This […]
Rocky Ridge10 bedrock mortars along an inspirational ridge line.Rock wall alignment.Elevation 1960 ft.Forget the bedrock mortars and rock wall. Hike up to Rocky Ridge for the views. Sunsets are particularly recommended.Looking south from near the headwaters of Kaiser Creek.A big chunk of the San Leandro Creek watershed spreads out to the west below the ridge.This […]
Below Cave Point11 bedrock mortars all one one rock.Think those big holes are geoconcretions? Think again. They are huge bowl mortars. Their side walls bulge out into the surrounding rock in a classic “Olla” shape–the bowl is wider at the side walls than it is at the rim. The bottoms of these bowls are basically […]