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 […]
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 […]
Greenhill Ranch, aka The Green RanchElevation 2,440 ft.We call Greenhill Ranch the “Shaman’s Redoubt” because we think it likely that shamen worshipping on Mt. Diablo used this beautiful site as a camp/staging area. In 1938-9 William Wurster, later to become Dean of the Architecture Department at Cal Berkeley (Wurster Hall is named for him), designed […]
Lower Deer Valley14 bedrock mortars.Elevation 495 ft.Way to go Jaime!Looking at the site. The mortar rocks in this little camp lie just off the Stewartville Trail near Sand Creek in Black Diamond Mines Regional Park.Bob looks down at one of the mortar rocks.These bullet-shaped mortars are deep and reminiscent of the ones found at China […]
Manzanita Trail11 bedrock mortars and slick.Elevation 1700 ft.Looking at the camp from near the trail.The relative remoteness from water suggests this may have been a seasonal camp, but who knows?That’s Manzanita trail in the background.A pair of mortars in a natural depression.Photograph by Bob Bardell.
Round Valley1 bedrock mortar with a pestle or hammerstoneElevation 442 ft.We found this mortar and its in situ pestle or hammerstone on the bank of Round Valley Creek.Bob illustrates how the pestle/hammerstone might have been deployed. The user would probably have straddled the mortar, however.A closer look at the pestle/hammerstone snugly ensconsed in its mortar.
Lower Highland Ridge PondFive bedrock mortars: On one rock: 2 semi-conical bedrock mortars, 1 of which is deep, one definite broken mortar and one possible broken mortar; 2 conical bedrock mortars on a rock slab in the creek west of the pond.Elevation 2065 ft.A view of the mortar rock and the nearby pond. This is […]