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Collection Speer Collection
Catalog Number 1999.0001.1449
Object Name Metate
'Iipay Aa Name 'ehpii
Description A rectangular, whole, portable grinding stone platform with a depression, also known as a basin metate. The color is a light gray, granitic (granite) with fine grain including muscovite mica and larger brown inclusions. It has a central basin that was formed by undulating, back and forth, grinding movements typically with a hand-held grinding stone, called a mano.

This grinding or milling stone's ventral platform is polished to a depression, the basin, that is 1 inch (2.4 cm) deep, 7 1/2 inches (18.5 cm) wide and 15 inches (38 cm) long. Construction of the stone created a smooth rectangular surface. The dorsal side of the stone is curved with a flatter, stable base.

Length - 17.165", Width - 10.944", Height - 5.078", Weight - 55 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.