Tag Archives: Artifacts

Beachcombing Venice, Italy

We wandered Venice, Italy threading our way through the narrow canyon-like alleyways of urban stonework. We knew not where we were but on the island. A visitor doesn’t have to concern herself with getting lost on a small island as … Continue reading

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Gaviota Coast Galavants: Chumash Arrowhead

August 2016 “The reverence attached to the artifacts of history is a thing men feel. One could even say that what endows any thing with significance is solely the history in which it has participated.” –Cormac McCarthy, “The Crossing” The … Continue reading

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Chumash Grinding Stone

I found this Indian grinding stone (mortar or metate) yesterday afternoon while on a hike in the Santa Barbara backcountry. I had, funnily enough, after hours of hiking, just arrived at a place of interest to me for camping when … Continue reading

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Stumbling Upon Chumash Bedrock Mortars

Chumash bedrock mortar grinding stone in the Santa Barbara County backcountry. There are four different mortars visible in this photo, although hard to see except the deepest one at center frame. “In certain almost supernatural states of the soul, the … Continue reading

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An Arrowhead, Fossils and Bear Tracks on Pine Mountain Or Return to Chorro Grande

I woke to the sound of slow dripping water from a heavy marine layer and decided to sleep in. I had no desire to get drenched while hiking through dripping wet brush. Later, on my drive up HWY-33 out of … Continue reading

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