Windmill Overlook, Central22 bedrock mortars; housepitsElevation 1380 ft.From this ridge one can see and hear the windmills from the Altamont Pass wind farms.Alien creatures stalk across Ssaoam land..Looking toward the site..Two of the mortar rocks here.There are several housepits at this site..The rocks here provide some shelter from the prevailing winds. Note the volvano-shaped mortar […]
Frick Lake16 bedrock mortars and anvils.This site hugs the southwestern boundary of Brushy Peak Regional Preserve. Thanks to Joel for discovering it.Looking down at the site and at Frick Lake.Photograph by Bob Bardell.The mortar rocks.A closeup of one of the mortar rocks.Another mortar rock. Note the range of mortar sizes–from the cupule/anvil through the shallow […]
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.
Kitchen Site22 bedrock mortars.Elevation 820 ft.We call this the “kitchen site” in honor of the twelve mortar rock found here.Heading down to the site.Photograph by Bob Bardell.This twelve mortar rock has some of the deepest bedrock mortars you’ll ever see. Three of these bullet-shaped mortars are over 15″ deep.A closeup of some of the deep […]
Reservoir7 bedrock mortarsElevation 743 ft.These mortars sit where relatively level ground gives way to rocks and rising contours. They are subject to burial by soils washed down from above.One of a pair of bullet-shaped mortars on a slab near the five-mortar rock pictured above. Note the machined interior and flat rim.Photograph by Bob Bardell.
Sulphur Spring18 cupule rock; 5 bedrock mortars; slick 70′ away.Elevation 722 ft.The cupule rock. The use of cupule rocks here and elsewhere is, for the most part, shrouded in mystery. See Cupule Petroglyphs in the Diablo Range by E. Breck Parkman in the Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. […]
Third TerraceSix bedrock mortars spread over a fairly wide area.Elevation 1035 ft.A view of the third terrace.One of the two two-mortar rocks here. Note the battered interior of the funnel mortar.Looking at a mortar rock holding a big bowl mortar.The bowl mortar.Above photographs by Bob Bardell.The other two-mortar rock here.Bob stands near the other mortar […]