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Collection Speer Collection
Catalog Number 1999.0001.1448
Object Name Metate
'Iipay Aa Name 'ehpii
Description A flat, squarish, whole, portable grinding stone platform, also known as a metate. The stone material is a granitic (granite) with pink feldspar, muscovite mica and inclusions of hornblende. It is coarse grained. It 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 ventral platform is polished for an area that is 15 1/2 inches (39.37 cm) long and 12 inches (30.48 cm) wide. Construction of the stone created a smooth unshaped ovoid surface. The dorsal side of the stone is a flatter, stable base measuring close to the maximal ventral size. Around the perimeter and slightly off-center is either a fire-affected area of burn or oil staining.

Length - 21.653", Width - 17.874", Height - 4.409", Weight - 97 lbs.

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