May 04, 2012, 06:06 AM
two grinding stones - smooth and shiny and rough spots
i'm new to this forum and looking forward to getting lots of treasure mysteries solved by you experts.
first one are these stones i found near the remains of a cabin in the woods near Brentwood / Oakley, California.
Two very round and flattened stones. it looks like they were both very highly polished except around the outside rim and in the very center where they show wear. the larger one appears to have lost most of it's sheen and is 4" across. The smaller is still shiny and 3" across.
thanks for any help. i've enjoyed going through all of your 'what's it' posts.
May 04, 2012 06:06 AM
May 04, 2012, 07:08 AM
Morris Cove Artifact Recovery
Grain grinding stones, age uncertain, looks colonial I think the Indian stones were less precise more rustic. the polish was from grain grinding smooth with a flat indented rock. Rare find... Nice work
May 04, 2012, 04:09 PM
thanks for the feedback. i thought they might be colonial too - probably mexican since i found them in california. do you think they were used on a flat grinding surface or what? and they seem kind of small to grind grain. it would take a long time to make an english muffin w/ one of these!
May 07, 2012, 09:40 PM
here are some other photos i took of it. i'm interested in more info if anyone has any. thank you.
May 07, 2012, 09:42 PM
May 07, 2012, 11:41 PM
nice very nice,is the other half there,im not sure what you call the other stone
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May 08, 2012, 11:42 AM
They could have also been heating stones.Early Indians didnt have Iron Pots so they actually cooked in Baskets,by heating stones and the putting them in the basket.Acorn mush was cooked this way...especially in Calif
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May 09, 2012, 02:56 PM
i guess i'm still wondering what caused the very uniform scratching wear on the outside edges and center top/bottom of these very polished stones.
May 09, 2012, 03:00 PM
i call the larger piece a 'metate' and the hand piece a 'mano'. i have a large collection of these, but these stones are very highly polished w/ strong wear around the outer edge and somewhat lesser in the center top/bottom.