October 1968 - Two steatite bowls unearthed during initial construction of the Hydraulic Research facility at 25200 Rye Canyon Road, Valencia (later known as HR-Textron, later Woodward HRT). The photographer is
Fred Trueblood Jr. (Fred Trueblood II).
The bowls were found with human skeletal remains in October 1968. They were reportedly taken to the Southwest Indian Museum in Los Angeles. The bowls would have been a
trade item that the local Tataviam people received from the coastal Chumash people. The steatite came from the Channel Islands. The workmanship is of a Chumash style.
Captions by historian A.B. Perkins (1891-1977) read in part:
Foundation work for the Hydraulic Research at Valencia found first, 2 skeletons, later 3 more skeletons about 10 ft. down. In the last find these 2 pots also came up.
... As the pots were not "killed" (broken), thery were not part of a ritual burial. ... Location on the alluvial fan spreading from mouth of San Francisquito (Canyon)...
MS0009: 9600 dpi jpeg from original 8x10 photographic print in Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society collection; ex-Perkins collection.