My Metate

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Found awhile back, it's a once a life time finding one of this size for me. Muti-use. Basin, flat con cave. It has a double tongue, with a lip to retain water for mixing. wt. is 49-1/2 lbs. Wife says no it's staying out side. no indoor man cave. Found Northern Penna.
 

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Your find looks natural, it just does not look right. Just my opinion.
 

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Your find looks natural, it just does not look right. Just my opinion.

Pictures don’t always portray what the eye sees.

The second photo seems to show some parallel grooves. Not sure though.

Does seem to have a pretty uneven surface for a metate.
 

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Its an interesting relic. I think I would have to inspect it in person to have a decent opinion of this.

Once back in the late 70's, I was with a buddy in the foothills of the Ozarks collecting firewood in their woods and came across what I thought was a broken metate or a large plate like object. It was about 15 inches, and very round, broken into multiple pie shaped pieces. I carried my wood load down the hill into the clearing to load and went back looking for it, more than once and could never locate it.

It looked to be about the same thickness your relic looks to be.

They are out there still.
 

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With this piece I’m trying to imagine the nature of the continuous use creating more of a rounded edge along the upper edges which are currently pretty sharp. Also I’m wondering about the material wether it’s suited for a pestle or other hard tool grinding down into that depression thousands upon thousands of times. I’m looking at the general shape and seeing yes it has a depression and yes it has what might be a rounded underside, so it has elements of what such a tool would have. I guess for me in determining the origin of this piece I’d need to see others from the area that are of similar style, perhaps a rustic style that was created for a type of food or medicine production that I’m unfamiliar with.
 
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My mistake, I should of showed pics on the bottom side. To help get a better understanding , their is work and pecking through out the bottom area. my cheap cell phone does not take the greatest pictures. IMG_20210512_072727.jpg IMG_20210512_075904.jpg IMG_20210512_081526.jpg
 
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and why would the bottom be artificially rounded?
- to hold on crossed legs?, not used that way

To put it in simpler terms, to have it a better balance. I'm not a archaeologist , It could have been naturally formed, the bowl it self, and reshaped for use.
 

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Kinda natural lookin and I have no idea about what you say about retaining water for mixing. Pretty cool though. In Oklahoma, we found metates left on old campsites always turned upside down. They were leaving them there and trying to protect them from the elements.
 

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We find them turned upside down also helps to keep clean . Wild life likes to mark there ground on top of rocks .
 

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