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 […]
Round Valley Village317+ bedrock mortars, two cupule rocks, and a stacked rock enclosure.CA-CCO-320This settlement is the largest of three that sit along the eastern base of the Black Hills.Joseph Chartkoff in “A Rock Feature Complex from Northwestern California,” American Antiquity, Vol. 48, No. 4, (Oct., 1983), pp. 745-760, notes the similarity between this stacked-rock enclosure […]
Fallen Oak Village.46 bedrock mortars spread out along the edge of a meadow.Named for the large dead oak tree sprawled across some grinding rocks.Bob and Jim look for traces of bedrock mortars near the Fallen Oak.An oak limb rests on one of the main grinding rocks at this site.A number of mortars at this site […]
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 […]
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 […]