Object Record

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Collection Speer Collection
Catalog Number 1999.0001.1462
Object Name Metate
'Iipay Aa Name 'ehpii
Description An oblong, whole grinding stone platform with a depression, also known as a basin metate. The material is gneiss (metamorphic) including gold mica and red veined or striated layers. It is coarse grained. It has a central basin that was formed by undulating, back and forth, grinding movements typically with a hand-held grinding stone, called a mano.

This grinding or milling stone's ventral platform forms a polished depression, the basin, and is 19 inches (48.26 cm) long, 11 inches (27.94 cm) wide and 2 inches (5.08 cm) deep. Construction of the stone created an ovoid shape with a smooth surface. The dorsal side of the stone is curved with a smooth base.

Length - 25.590", Width - 14.724", Height - 7.244", Weight - 82 lbs.

Provenance This artifact was found within the local San Diego County region, 1910-1950.
Date Late Prehistoric (1300-800 YA)
Material Gneiss
Culture Kumeyaay / DiegueƱo
Place of Origin CA
Caption Metate, basin, gneiss. Ventral horizontal view, side A.