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 […]
Silva Creek.2 bedrock mortars on a single rock.Elevation 905 ft.Silva Creek is the next tributary of Kellogg Creek south of Mallory Creek.It’s hard to imagine this being a congenial year-round habitation, but someone spent time here long ago.This rock has tipped over. The mortar-bearing surface was once horizontal and level.
Morgan Territory Ridge East Shelf #1One bedrock mortar, one anvil, and the ruins of an historic structure.Elevation 1580 ft.We marveled at the snow-capped Sierra Nevada when we first visited this site in the Spring of 2011. That’s Los Vaqueros dam in the background with water in the reservoir drawn down in preparation for the expansion […]
The ToadTake the time to play around the rocks on Louise’s Shelf. Many have suggestive, even fantastic, shapes. We’re not suggesting Volvons carved these shapes. Such activity has never been documented among California Indians. Yet a number of the rock formations here, like the Toad, possess a strange, intriguing charm, and contribute to the magical […]