Butcher Road Milling Station
Mortar Count: 9
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Hume Grove
Mortar Count: 1
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Lynch Canyon Monolith
Mortar Count: 10
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Lynch Canyon Rancher Petroglyph Rock
Mortar Count: 13
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Lynch Canyon Village
Mortar Count: 51
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Martin House Suisun City
Mortar Count: 92
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Newell Ranch
Mortar Count: 1
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North Fork Lynch Creek
Mortar Count: 1
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Pena-Vaca Adobe
Mortar Count: 20
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Rockville Trails Village
Mortar Count: 34
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Rush Ranch on Grizzly Island
Mortar Count: 25
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Suisun Creek Village Suisun City
Tolenas Springs Village
Mortar Count: 41
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Upper Marie Creek
Mortar Count: 25
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Territory: Patwin

Patwin speakers were a Wintun people mainly living in Solano and Yolo Counties. Randall Milliken places the Napa tribe among Patwin speakers, and we follow him here.

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Rockville Trails Village

Rockville Trails Village34 bedrock mortarsElevation 534 ft.The Solano Land Trust saved the Rockville Trails property, which includes this village, from being transformed into a massive housing development. Thank you.There are miles and miles of stacked rock walls in and around Rockville. One of these walls snakes over the hills in the center of this photograph.Heading […]

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Rush Ranch on Grizzly Island

Rush Ranch on Grizzly Island25 bedrock mortarsA Bay Area Rock Art Research Association (BARARA) group heads for the site. Mt. Diablo looms in the distance.Do not hop over the fence.

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Butcher Road Milling Station

Butcher Road Milling Station9 bedrock mortarsElevation 250 ft.Thanks to Joel for steering us toward this beautiful rock.A view of the milling station on a rainy day.A closeup of some of the mortars. Note the mortar in a basinPhotographs by Bob Bardell

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Suisun Creek Village Suisun City

Suisun Creek Village Suisun City300 yard kitchen middenElevation 146 ft.Bay Area Rock Art Research Association (BARARA) members fan out looking for artifacts. Every time the farmer plows the field more artifacts turn up.This site is on private property. One should secure permission before visiting it.

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Hume Grove

Hume Grove1 bedrock mortarElevation 225 ft.Hume Grove is a small stand of redwood trees originally planted in 1982. The planting (since expanded) and native plant garden honors the life and work of Jack Hume.A hillside near this mortar rock was covered with thriving amole plants in March 2011.

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Tolenas Springs Village

Tolenas Springs Village41 bedrock mortars, 10+ cupules, probable mortarsElevation 268 ft.An artesian spring once geysered water ten feet into the air near the source of Soda Springs Creek, but quarrying for travertine and onyx (begun in the 1850s) eventually destroyed that flow. Patwins referred to this area as the land of healing waters. A resort […]

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Lynch Canyon Monolith

Lynch Canyon Monolith10 bedrock mortarsElevation 639 ft.Looking toward the site.Mortar rocks lie at the foot of the monolith.Paired mortars on a flat slab.A big compound mortar or a shallow cone in a deep basin–you make the call.Lynch Canyon Open Space is now open to the public year-round from 9 AM to 5 PM on Saturdays, […]

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Upper Marie Creek

Upper Marie Creek25 bedrock mortarsElevation 1052 ft.Thanks to Jeff for discovering this beautiful village site, which lies just off the Bay Area Ridge Trail about a quarter of a mile beyond the gate that marks the boundary of Skyline Wilderness Park.Bob approaches the site. A utility pole conveniently marks the location of the mortar-bearing outcrop. […]

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Lynch Canyon Rancher Petroglyph Rock

Lynch Canyon Rancher Petroglyph Rock13 bedrock mortars and modern petroglyphs on two rocksElevation 539 ft.This camp sits near the headwaters of the North Fork of Lynch Creek.A large petroglyph panel may be found on this mortar rock.A closer look at the mortars.A nice workstation. Note the layout of the mortars and their size differences.Photograph by […]

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Lynch Canyon Village

Lynch Canyon Village51 bedrock mortars and 5 cupules/anvilsElevation 451 ft.This village is adjacent to the South Fork of Lynch Creek.Exploring the site.Examining one of the mortar rocks.The flat slab holds 31 bedrock mortars, although about half that number are covered by vegetation in this photograph.Photograph by Bob Bardell.Lynch Canyon Open Space is now open to […]