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Collection Speer Collection
Catalog Number 1999.0001.1445
Object Name Metate
'Iipay Aa Name 'ehpii
Description A rectangular, fragmented, portable grinding stone platform with a depression, also known as a basin metate. The color is a light pinkish gray granite with a medium grain for the majority of the stone. It has a central basin that was formed by undulating grinding movements typically with a hand-held grinding stone, called a mano.

This grinding or milling stone's ventral platform is polished from a narrow, flat top end, 5 inches wide (12.75 cm) to a depression, the basin, that is .75 inch (2.2 cm) deep, 6 inches (15.4 cm) wide and 9 inches (22.9 cm) long. The polished surface extends to the broad ventral base 15 inches (38 cm) wide. Construction of the stone has left the right ventral side rough, crumbling, and angular and has exposed a vein of coarse granite. The dorsal side of the stone is curved with a flatter, stable base at the wider end.

Length - 15.275", Width - 10.157", Height - 5.196", Weight - 31 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, basin, granitic. Ventral horizontal view, side A.