Above Mission Peak Meadow
Mortar Count: 2
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Agua Caliente Creek
Mortar Count: 7
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Agua Caliente East
Mortar Count: 3
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Below McClure Springs
Horse Heaven Trail
Mortar Count: 3
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Jeff’s Pestles
Mortar Count: 1
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Joel’s Fat Lip Mortars
Mortar Count: 3
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Minnis Ranch Rock
Mortar Count: 14
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Mission Creek Trail Spring
Mission San Jose
North Mission Peak
Rancho Higuera
Mortar Count: 2
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South Mission Peak

Territory: Alson

In a previous version of this KMZ we assigned sites on Mission peak to the Causen. In A Time of Little Choice Randall Milliken suggested that the Causen, an Ohlone tribelet, may have inhabited a single village in the Sunol valley. We found this puzzling at the time, since his triblet territorial maps in Native American History Studies for the Los Vaqueros Project: A Synthesis put Mission San Jose in Causen territory. In Native Americans at Mission San Jose, a 2008 work, Milliken puts Mission San Jose in Alson territory. Since it does not seem likely that a small triblet like the Causen held Sunol valley, Vargas Plateau, and Mission Peak, we assign Mission Peak sites to the Alson because of the proximity of Mission Peak to Mission San Jose.

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Above Mission Peak Meadow

Above Mission Peak MeadowTwo probable bedrock mortars, one pestle, rock alignments.Elevation 1761 ft.Jeff discovered these mortars a long time ago. We looked and looked but couldn’t locate them. Recently Jeff led an expedition here. The mortars look like they could have formed from rain or fog drip, but Doc Hale, our resident expert, gave them […]

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Rancho Higuera

Rancho HigueraTwo bedrock mortarsElevation 342 ft.This site is named for the nearby Rancho Higuera Historical Park.Joel, who turned us on to this site, sent us a picture of another rock where potential mortars were clogged with dirt. We couldn’t find it.Photograph by Bob Bardell

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Agua Caliente Creek

Agua Caliente CreekSeven bedrock mortarsElevation 421 ft.This is another site we searched for in vain during several visits to Mission Peak. Thanks to Jeff (with an assist from Bill) for this excellent find.We’ve been told that the official site report for Agua Caliente Creek mentions four mortar rocks. The three others may lie buried nearby.