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Collection Speer Collection
Catalog Number 1999.0001.1456
Object Name Metate
'Iipay Aa Name 'ehpii
Description A flat, rectangular, whole, portable grinding stone platform, also known as a metate. The stone material is a granitic (granodiorite, leucocratic) with both biotite and muscovite mica indicating a somewhat higher level of radioactivity. It is medium 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's ventral platform is polished for an area that is 12.4 inches (31.75 cm) long and 7 inches (18 cm) wide. Construction of the stone created a flat rectangular surface that slopes vertically. The dorsal side of the stone is a flatter, wedgelike base.

Length - 16", Width - 10", Height -4.330 ", Weight - 29 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