#335:  Site of Shell Mound

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Corner of Shellmound and Ohlone Way, Emeryville



Private Plaque


There is a fairly detailed series of informational displays on the history of the people and the shell mound.

From the Guidebook:

It is said that the Indians who came to this site camped just above the shoreline. The shells they threw aside from their catches of shellfish eventually covered some hundreds of thousands of square feet, marked by several cones. When the University of California excavated this site in the 1920s, they found that the mound consisted mostly of clam, mussel, and oyster shells, with a plentiful mixture of cockleshells.

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