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Somontac – Bay Area Native Sites
Briggs Creek below Alma College
Mortar Count: 25
Open
Lexington Reservoir
Mortar Count: 27
Open
Upper Lake at the Alma College site
Mortar Count: 2
Open

Territory: Somontac

The Somontac were an Ohlone triblet inhabiting the Los Gatos area.

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Briggs Creek below Alma College

Briggs Creek below Alma College25 bedrock mortars, 8 cupules/anvilsElevation 795 ft.In Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve.Acess currently requires a permit. See Bear Creek Redwoods permits for details.Joel’s research led us out here, but we were darn lucky to find this cool site.Looking down at the site.Getting closer to the main kitchen rock.This is one […]

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Lexington Reservoir

Lexington Reservoir27 bedrock mortarsElevation 632 ft.This site is underwater when the reservoir is full.Joel led us here on one of his amazing South Bay tours.Looking toward the site.The water level in Lexington Reservoir was pretty low in March of 2012.Note the clustering of these mortars. The mouths of the larger and deeper ones are elliptical […]

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Upper Lake at the Alma College site

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, […]