Green’s Village in Fig Pig Gulch75+ bedrock mortars; housepits.Elevation 716 ft.Jeff discovered this beautiful village on a Thanksgiving morning (!) reconnaisance hike. A great find, Jeff. The village extends over a wide area, and, like the Volvon Village, could be viewed as a collection of separate sites. We prefer the holistic view. About half the […]
Upper East Morgan Territory RidgeSix bedrock mortars.Elevation 1952 ft.There are two clusters of mortar rocks at this site. The second cluster lies about 250 ft. to the northwest.There are great views of the Central Valley from this shelf, and it’s only 35 minutes from the Morgan Territory parking lot. A great place for a picnic.
Below Knobcone Point Road21 bedrock mortars, 16 on one rock.This may have been a seasonal camp, viable when there was water flowing in the nearby branches of Sycamore Creek. The notch cut by Sycamore Creek through the Black Hills provides one of the few easy routes into Volvon territory, so this camp may have had […]
Long Canyon and Marsh Creek36 bedrock mortars, 29 on one rock.The location of this site near the mouth of Hog Canyon meant that this was a “gatehouse” settlement guarding one of the principal routes into the Volvon heartland. This was one of the bedrock mortar sites known to early 20th century Contra Costa County historians.This […]
Clayton Ranch Alignment75 yard long curving stacked rock alignment.Elevation 1552 ft.Although the nearby tsektsel suggests this alignment might have had religious or spiritual significance for the Volvons, it’s possible the alignment functioned as a hunting blind.Another view of the alignment emphasizing its curvature. Bob is sitting within the confines of a stacked rock rectangle attached […]
Lower Village Upper Overlook2 bowl bedrock mortars on a rock on Louise’s Shelf.Clyma orchard visible in the background.What was this huge mortar with the recessed rim used for? Was its position on the edge of this rock significant? Eliminate the scrub oak growing up from the rocks below, and you have a dead on view […]
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 […]