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Hidden Oaks' serene setting is as desirable today as it was hundreds of years ago when Saklan Indians settled along the same meandering creek under a canopy of California live oak trees. It has been known since the early 20th Century that Native Americans - members of the larger Bay Miwok Tribe - settled here.

Though there is a sharp contrast between the simple subsistence Miwok lifestyle of the past and the affluent lifestyle of today's residents, similarities do exist. Historians suggest that the Saklans were a dignified community, committed to family life, enjoyed spending time playing field games, socializing and dancing.

With utmost respect for Native American culture and the site’s historical significance, careful archaeological testing, preservation and analysis was conducted during development of Hidden Oaks. (Several other sites of archaeological significance are located within a half-mile.) With the aim of protecting artifacts and burial sites, over $1 million was spent on archaeological research.

When historic artifacts and an ancient burial site were confirmed on one portion of the property, the developers proceeded in accordance with state and local laws. This included contacting the California Native American Heritage Commission, which identified a “most likely descendant.” This individual worked closely with the developers to monitor site grading and provide guidance on how to relocate recovered burial remains. Steps were also taken to protect areas where other remains might have been disturbed by grading or foundation work.

Because of its rich Native American history, development in Bay Area communities sometimes encroaches on property with historical or cultural significance. Rather than doing what was minimally required, Hidden Oaks' developers have made every effort to preserve the natural beauty of this area and to invest significantly in collecting some of the most detailed information ever compiled on an historic site in Contra Costa County. According to the experts this research “greatly expands the available information on the prehistoric Saklan tribelet of the Bay Miwok people,” and will “allow for a greater understanding of the complexities in prehistoric lifeways in the San Francisco bay Area”.

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