Joel’s StragglerOne bedrock mortar beside Round Valley Creek not far from its confluence with Marsh CreekElevation 245 ft.This mortar rock is less than 100 yards from the main trail into Round Valley. Absent Joel’s curiosity and keen eye, it might have remained unknown to us for years, or even forever. Indians were everywhere, folks. Just […]
Near Intersection of Blue Oak and Miwok Trails5 bedrock mortars, slicksElevation 2064 ft.Just when we’d thought we’d probably seen it all in Morgan Territory, we took this little single-track trail and … The mortars here are all borderline examples. They may have started life as natural featuresBob studies a probable bedrock mortarA likely mortar.
Canyon Milling siteTwenty-nine bedrock mortars, three probable bedrock-mortars.Ten small mortars on one rock could be considered cupules.Elevation 1477 ft.Our name for this site comes from Table 1 of the 1992 report Evaluation, Request for Determination of Eligibility, and Effect for the Los Vaqueros Project.A partial view of the site.Photograph by Bob BardellA closer look at […]
Lower Mallory Creek2 bedrock mortars and 1 possible mortarElevation 533 ft.Thank you Master Site Finder.Bob straddles the upper mortar of a pair. It’s a comfortable working position.A closer look at the mortars. Both are small cones with hi/lo rims.Be sure to continue up the creek until you reach a group of mortars on a bedrock […]
Fig Pig Gulch Meadow19 bedrock mortars, including one broken and one probable.Stacked rock alignments.Elevation 1215 ft.This is a beautiful place for a picnic.Some of the rock alignments here form a nearly complete rectangle, which may contain the ruins of an inner rectangle.Figure I.3 in Archaeological and Geoarchaeological Investigations at Eight Prehistoric Sites in the Los […]