Duncan’s Point Cave
Goat Rock Beach midden
Mammoth Rubbing Rocks
Parkman’s midden

Territory: Pomo

Speakers of Pomo dialects lived in areas encompassed today by Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake Counties.

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Duncan’s Point Cave

Duncan’s Point CaveRockshelters and extensive midden deposits.Elevation 98 ft.CA-SON-348/HJoel led us out here on a North Coast expedition. This is one of the oldest archaeological sites on the California coast. Charcoal and marine shell radiocarbon dates indicate this site was more-or-less continuously occupied for the last 9,000 years.Duncan’s point was a territorial boundary marker between […]

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Goat Rock Beach midden

Goat Rock Beach middenElevation 23 ft.Joel, who we now call “midden man,” led us here on a tour of his recent North Bay discoveries. Shell and bone fragments litter this mound of dark sandy soil. This is not a natural deposit.When we visited this site in December of 2011 a sand bar blocked the mouth […]

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Mammoth Rubbing Rocks

Mammoth Rubbing RocksElevation 113 ft.In 2001 E. Breck Parkman, Senior State Archaeologist for California State Parks, discovered blueschist sea stacks and boulders he believes were used for grooming by extinct ice age megafauna such as the Columbia Mammoth. See Mammoth Rocks for more details.Looking toward the rubbing rocks with Duncan’s Point and Bodega Head in […]

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Parkman’s midden

Parkman’s middenElevation 88 ft.We named this site after E. Breck Parkman, Senior State Archaeologist for California State Parks.We got to see Joel in action here. After locating a jasper boulder mentioned in one of Parkman’s reports, Joel paced out the distance to this midden, which was also mentioned in the report. He walked right to […]