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 […]
Blue Oak Trail16 bedrock mortars above Blue Oak Trail.This is a sweet campsite with a secluded feel even though it’s right above Blue Oak Trail and a stone’s throw from the Lion’s Mane Village.The bowl mortar here is about the size and shape of a small mixing bowl–8 1/2″ in diameter–and a little over 6″ […]
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. […]
Riggs Canyon Rock Camp113 bedrock mortars in a beautiful picnic site.Elevation 1306 ft.The Riggs Canyon Rock is a wonder. It is covered with more than 40 mortars, many of them ground into the base of geoconcretions. (In a geoconcretion a harder rock embedded in a softer rock is extruded over time due to various forces. […]
Curry Point Prayer CircleProbable prayer circle.Elevation 1778 ft.The location of this probable prayer circle is a compelling one. Mt. Diablo swallows up the view to the north. To the east, across the great valley, rise the Sierra Nevada–visible on a clear day. To the south and west lie the East Bay hills.Bob channels the spirits […]
Mallory Creek #3Near the confluence of Mallory and Kellogg Creeks.10 bedrock mortars and an 8 cupule rock in the creek.Elevation 495 ft.Portions of this site may be inundated by the new high water level of Los Vaqueros Reservoir.Kellog Creek flows below us on its meander to the Delta, but instead of flowing steadily downward through […]
Stone Corral33 bedrock mortars, prayer circle, 2 sets of double cupules, rock wall alignments, and hunting blinds.Elevation 1800 ft.What kind of animals would be constrained by this corral? We believe the stone corral was the site of Indian games and/or ceremonies. HIke up the ridge to the west and find the spot where you have […]
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.