Lion’s Mane Village72 bedrock mortars. Housepits.Named for an edible fungus found here.The area under the trees was probably once home to several families.The Lion’s Mane.Heather near grinding rocks. The open space here is a probable housepit.Jim and Heather examining bedrock mortars. This site is quite extensive. Explore.A venerable food processing station. Note that most of […]
Near the top of Hog CanyonPossible bowl Metate with 3 bedrock mortarsThis is either a bowl metate, a rarity in these parts, or what Ernest Johnson in “The Stone Mortars of Contra Costa County” would classify as a type “C3” mortar. Johnson says “Type [C3], which resembles a deeply worn metate, is a true mortar, […]
Silva Creek.2 bedrock mortars on a single rock.Elevation 905 ft.Silva Creek is the next tributary of Kellogg Creek south of Mallory Creek.It’s hard to imagine this being a congenial year-round habitation, but someone spent time here long ago.This rock has tipped over. The mortar-bearing surface was once horizontal and level.
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 […]