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.
Patterson Mound, CA-ALA-328Tuibun village site, Coyote HillsElevation 18 ft.According to Polly Bickel, there are four known shellmounds in this general vicinity of Coyote Hills. For a fascinating, in-depth study of three of them, check out San Francisco Bay Archaeology: Sites ALA-328, ALA-13, and ALA-12. Be sure to look at the Plates that accompany Bickel’s paper. […]
South Mission PeakRock wall on the ridge between Mt. Allison and Mission Peak. Origin unknown.Many rock walls stand on the ridges and slopes between Mission Peak and Monument Peak (located just north of Ed Levin Park). Fly south from this site in Google Earth. Zoom in for a closer look. The walls are there all […]