Rankin Park Overlook1 bedrock mortar.Elevation 295 ft.The largest Indian village early Spanish explorers encountered was probably Carquin. There was a major Carquin village in Crockett on whose site Thomas Edwards constructed the “Old Homestead,” California Historic Landmark #731. This site, needless to say, was not a major one.Jim looks down at the Rankin Park mortar.
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.
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.
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 […]
Williams Gulch2 bedrock mortars and 2 cupulesElevation 1369 ft.Jeff has a way of finding bedrock mortar rocks in remote locations.The mortar rock here sits on a little shelf above Miller’s Creek.Another view of the mortar rock.A closeup of the rockPrevious two photographs by Jeff Green.This site is on private property. Secure permission before visiting it.
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.
First Terrace31 bedrock mortars, a 23 cupule rock, and 3-4 housepits.Elevation 775 ft.This site and the Kitchen site are actually on the same terrace, separated by a creekbed, but because we discovered and named the Kitchen site first, we called this site the “First Terrace.”A view of the First Terrace. The cupule rock is near […]
North Mission PeakRock alignment. Origin unknown.This is one of the mysterious rock alignments that can be found between Mission and Monument Peaks.Notice how this rock alignment appears to snake up the north slope of Mission Peak.We encountered this beautiful leucistic Red-tailed Hawk, probably a female based on her size, near the rocky trail to the […]
SW Walpert Ceremonial Site.22 bedrock mortars and stone circle placementsElevation 1365 ft.There are extensive views from here.Bob heads for the knob.A closer view of the site. The South Bay lies at its feet.Note the erosion and wear on these two old bowls. Their recessed, “Olla” rims are typically associated with boiling water or food preparation, […]