Glen Cove Park, aka Sogorea Te3,500 year old village site, shell midden, and burial ground.20+ bedrock mortars visible at low tide on wave-cut benchs.Elevation 10 ft.Thanks to Joel for leading us here.Inhabitants of this village crossed the Carquinez Strait in tule balsas to greet the Fages expedition in 1772. Fages noted in his diary that […]
Mare Island shell middenDeteriorating shell middenElevation 23 ft.Joel seems to have a nose for midden. Keep sniffing ’em out Joel!This is probably one of the two “shell heaps” on Mare Island marked on N. C. Nelson’s 1909 map. Note the contrast between dark midden and tan soil.Joel thinks the shell fragments and midden soil are […]
Observation HillOval rock wall surrounding a flattened hilltop.Elevation 1191 ft.Observation Hill was obliterated in 2012.Observation Hill offered breathtaking panoramic views. It was a real power spot.The top of Observation Hill.Photograph by Bob Bardell.Volume 2 of the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the replacement of Calaveras Dam (a 563 page PDF) classified this stone wall as […]
South Fork Apperson CreekOne bedrock mortar, two probable mortarsElevation 1510 ft.We don’t know how Jeff keeps finding these beautiful sites, but we sure hope he keeps it up.Water was pouring down from Apperson Ridge via several creeks when we checked out this site in mid-July 2011.Bob looks toward the mortar. The area behind him is […]
Charcoal Road — Saratoga16 bedrock mortars in a nice ridgeline setting.Elevation 2516 ft.One of three sites Joel uncovered in a single day.Just some rocks in the woods–or so it seems.A closer look at the main mortar rock.Check out this video by Alexander Kerekes of several sites in the Santa Cruz Mountains including Charcoal Road.
Gossip Rock5 bedrock mortars, possible cupules and incisions.This is one of the rare archaeological sites identified by East Bay Regional Parks. It’s listed right there on the map for Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Park. Be sure to sit here for a while. Enjoy the south-facing rock and the view of Mission Peak.Jim studies a mortar on […]
Mid Upper Welch CreekOne bedrock mortarElevation 1410 ft.To those who believe it’s not worth their time and effort to check out a single-mortar site, we offer this one as a rebuttal. Go in the winter when water cascades down Welch Creek.Another one of Jeff’s great finds. Keep ’em coming Jeff!Note this mortar’s broad, flaring mouth.