Round Valley Village317+ bedrock mortars, two cupule rocks, and a stacked rock enclosure.CA-CCO-320This settlement is the largest of three that sit along the eastern base of the Black Hills.Joseph Chartkoff in “A Rock Feature Complex from Northwestern California,” American Antiquity, Vol. 48, No. 4, (Oct., 1983), pp. 745-760, notes the similarity between this stacked-rock enclosure […]
Bob’s Mortar75 bedrock mortars, including 9 in a satelilte site about 100 ft. awayElevation 1380 ft.This site was named for the first mortar Bob discovered on his own. It is a single large bowl on a rock right beside the trail. Below the rock a small perennial spring or seep dribbles water into a creek […]
Founders Ridge2 bedrock mortars and 1 broken mortarElevation 2498 ft.We’ve walked along this ridge a bunch of times, but we weren’t checking out the rocks with Jeff’s sharp eyes.Looking east with the main mortar rock in the foreground. We could see the snow-capped Sierra in the distance. Unfortunately, this picture didn’t capture the view.These are […]
Keller RanchTwo portable stone mortars incorporated into the ranch house foundation, which was constructed on an extensive midden deposit.Elevation 393 ft.A major Chupcan village occupied this area at the confluence of Donner, Mitchell, and Diablo Creeks.One of the portable mortars in the ranch house foundation.Obsidian debitage picked up from the ground surface around the ranch […]
Saclan Village8 bedrock mortars near Roosmoor main gate.There is even a plaque here commemorating the contact period Saclan village at this site.This site has an official trinomial: CA-CCO-309. It is far larger than the 1963 excavation indicated and contains components that are deeply buried. The oldest of these components dates back nearly 5,000 years. There […]
Upper East Morgan Territory RidgeSix bedrock mortars.Elevation 1952 ft.There are two clusters of mortar rocks at this site. The second cluster lies about 250 ft. to the northwest.There are great views of the Central Valley from this shelf, and it’s only 35 minutes from the Morgan Territory parking lot. A great place for a picnic.