Windmill Overlook, Lower20 bedrock mortars and several housepits spread along the base of a rock ledge.Elevation 1355 ft.Looking out on the Livermore Valley.Afternoon shadows creep across the land as Bob walks below the rock ledge.A two-mortar rock. Note the elliptical upper section of the funnel mortar.Photograph by Bob Bardell.
Below McClure Springs75 yard long rock alignment overlooking the South Bay.Elevation 1908 ft.Some of the rock alignments in the Mission Peak area are probably natural formations. Others are clearly man-made. We believe this alignment is a member of the latter class.A close look at the stacked rocks.
Circle of Circles1 bedrock mortar and 8 rock circlesElevation 618 ft.Thanks to our master site-finder for directing us here.We believe this is a likely ceremonial site. Archaeological evidence suggests it is 6,000 years old.The Circle of Circles occupies the top of this small hill.Photograph by Bob Bardell.One of the circles.Another circle.The bedrock mortar.Photograph by Bob […]
Horse Heaven Trail3 bedrock mortars and 1 cupule/anvil on Horse Heaven Trail below Mt. Allison.We were turned on to this site by Tom Mangan’s blog. Thanks Tom!Horse Heaven Trail is the “road less traveled” to the top of Mission Peak. As we were writing up this site a hiker passed by and asked what we […]
Minnis Ranch Rock14 bedrock mortars on a workstation rock behind Minnis Ranch in Ed Levin Park.Elevation 778 ft.We’d seen a photograph of this rock in an article, but it took Jeff’s efforts to find the thing.The rock.Note the variety in the shapes of the mortar mouths. If you visit this site, please do not remove […]
Upper Lake at the Alma College site2 bedrock mortarsElevation 964 ft.In Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve.Acess currently requires a permit. See Bear Creek Redwoods permits for details.Joel’s research pretty much pinpointed this site.In the 1850s logger James S. Howe dammed Webb creek and created Upper Lake to drive a sawmill. Captain Stillman H. Knowles, […]