Object Record

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Collection Speer Collection
Catalog Number 1999.0001.1443
Object Name Metate
'Iipay Aa Name 'ehpii
Description A whole, rounded, rectangular, portable grinding stone platform with a depression, also known as a basin metate. The material is granitic (granodiorite) including muscovite mica. The surface feels soapy (almost like steatite). It is fine grained. It has a central basin 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 forms a polished depression, the basin, and is 9 inches (23 cm) long, 7 inches (17.8 cm) wide and .71 inch (1.8 cm) deep. Construction of the stone created a smooth surface. The object is elegant and lightweight. The dorsal side of the stone is curved with some flattened areas over two-thirds of the base measuring 8.5 inches (21.59 cm) by 6.5 inches (16.51 cm).

Length - 14.094", Width - 9.527", Height - 2.480", Weight - 19 lbs.

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