Object Record

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Collection Speer Collection
Catalog Number 1999.0001.1369
Object Name Mano
'Iipay Aa Name hapiichaa
Description A whole hand-held grinding stone, also known as a mano in Southern California archaeology. This bifacial stone is used with one hand for grinding and was shaped in construction; it is shouldered by usewear. It is rectangular in shape. The stone material is a granitic with muscovite mica. It is coarse grained.

This grinding or milling stone's ventral side is rough with some polish. Its dorsal side is smooth, polished and rounded. There is a 2-inch (5 cm) long fragment missing on one end adjacent to the dorsal side and a smaller, 1-inch (2.5 cm) loss on one side adjacent to the ventral side. Striations appearing on the surface suggest that this mano was used in an undulating or back and forth movement. The perimeter sides and ends are squared and shouldered due to usewear. The stone appears to be pecked on the grinding surfaces; pecking increases the grinding surface for greater traction.

Dimensions:
Length - 4.45", Width - 3.9", Depth - 2.32", Weight - 2.6 lbs.

Provenance This artifact was found within the local San Diego County region, collected 1910-1950.
Date Late Prehistoric (1300-800 YA)
Material Granitic
Culture Kumeyaay / DiegueƱo
Place of Origin San Diego County
Caption Mano, granitic, dorsal view, side A (smooth polish, pecking)