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Collection Speer Collection
Catalog Number 1999.0001.1451
Object Name Metate
'Iipay Aa Name 'ehpii
Description A oval, whole, shaped and flat grinding stone platform, also known as a metate. The object is unique due to the white color and material; it is a white leucocratic (granite) with medium grains of quartz and muscovite mica. Leucocratic granite is found in Valley Center and Fallbrook in San Diego County, CA. The metate has a central grinding surface that was formed by rotary grinding movements typically with a hand-held grinding stone, called a mano.

This grinding or milling stone's ventral platform is polished for a central area that is 19.5 inches (49.5 cm) long and 10 inches (25.5 cm) wide. Construction of the stone created a smooth rectangular surface. The dorsal side of the stone is curved and sloping, uneven with speckled areas of minute biotite. There are brownish stains in several spots.

Length - 20.708", Width - 11.259", Height - 4.094", Weight - 37 lbs.

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