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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
North Morgan Territory Ridge2 bedrock mortars and 4 or 5 bowls near the head of a watercourse. Probable housepits.Elevation 2112 ft.A bedrock mortar adjacent to one of the probable housepits.A big bowl.A bowl with a “fishtail” in the rim, a feature we’ve encountered at several sites in Volvon territory.Photograph by Bob Bardell.We believe the trinomial […]
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 […]
Silva Creek Cave1 bedrock mortar in a rock shelter; a possible basin metate.Elevation 713 ft.Bob stands at the mouth of the cave. There’s plenty of room inside and comfortable sleeping areas.This beautiful cone-shaped mortar sits right in the middle of an ergonomically contoured rock slab.We believe the trinomial for this site is CA-CCO-6.