A group of ancient, megalithic structures has been identified at Point Reyes, California. Stone mounds and other structures there have been determined to have been made by prehistoric humans. Substantial geologic and cultural evidence indicates they are not natural rock outcrops. Per Dr. Janes, “Protection and preservation of these structures are essential, as well as non-invasive testing to further describe them.”
There is also abundant evidence that these megaliths are part of an immense and sacred mortuary complex, with spirit paths and ceremony sites for the dead. Mount St. Helena is where the path of the dead begins. The Farallon Islands, also part of the mortuary complex, are considered by multiple tribes, including Coast Miwok and Ohlone, to be the Islands of the Dead, the end of their journey.
Conclusions are based on observations, oral traditions of Coast Miwok and other California Indian tribes, records of comparable California Indian cultural sites, including those of the Ohlone and Chumash, and contemporary archaeological research.
Dr. Makes-Marks, a scholar of Native American religions, indicated “this complex could be extraordinarily old.” It is plausible that the Point Reyes/Farallon Islands complex could be among the most ancient traditional cultural places in North America, and that megalithic remains will continue to be found at the Farallones and on the Continental Shelf.
The Farallon Islands are presently the proposed target for rodent-poison bombing in the near future to address the mouse population there by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Point Blue Conservation Science. This issue is scheduled for recommended approval or denial in the December 16 California Coastal Commission virtual meeting.
The Point Reyes National Seashore, where this site is, has been in the news recently with controversies over extended dairy ranching leases and maltreatment of Tule elk by the National Park Service.