Native Village Youth and Education News
September 2009


"Cogged stone" site at Bolsa Chica Mesa listed as eligible with the National Register of Historic Places.
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California: An ancient American Indian burial ground at the Bolsa Chica Mesa has received national historic designation. "Cogged Stone" is  now eligible for listing with the National Register of Historic Places. Preservationists say the move grants the area  more protection against future development.

“We value the property as a significant resource,” said National Register of Historic Places historian Paul Lusignan. “There was a tremendous amount of information about the prehistoric site and distinction for the fact that it has the cogged stone site, which is a unique archeological feature found in very few other locations.”

The "Cogged Stone" site was named after the hundreds of carved stone disks – cogged stones – found there. The disks were possibly used for sacred rituals.  The cogged stones and human bone fragments nearby are up to 8,500 years old.

Native American officials say the ancient  burial ground is of international importance.  However, a decades long battle is still being fought over protection vs. developers rights to build homes on the land.

The land was once shared by the Juaneno Band of Mission Indians and the Gabrieleno-Tongva.


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