Early, coastal California--particularly in this area--was filled with dense, nut heavy oak trees. Typically nutting stones are holes in boulders found along stream beds.The portability of this stone makes it rather RARE and unique. Abrasions, dings, scratches along top, sides and bottom. This bowl has resided in its form for well over a 1000 years. The community of Two Rockish. , gets its name from the unique set of stack-boulders situated on a hill.
The rocks served as a landmark and reference point along the ancient Indian trail that ran from Bodega Bay to the inland valleys and into the Sierra. The trail follows along the ridgelines and high ground because most of the flat land was swampy and muddy.
Dos Piedras was referred to time and time again in the earliest annals of Native American migrations and seasonal travels. Before the arrival ofish settlers the area was occupied for thousands of years by the coastal Miwok Native Americans, whose village of Pulya-lakum was formerly located near Bodega Bay.
The size, weight and depression hole, suggests a personal or family-unit use mortara mortar used by a small number of people in the village. The provenance, near a clear source of water, is indicative of the pattern associated with such as the Mikoks moved with the migrating animals , until returning to the creek area again.
The stone then would be dug up and used to crush/grind plant and bone/animal matter. The actual location/provenance of this nutting mortar found contiguous with an ancient Native American trail should give any collector pause. It doesnt get better than this!Modern photo of Two Rocks included for perspective/information, NOT EXACT PROVENANCE! The item "MORTAR (25+ lbs) & PESTLE STEMPLE CREEK, TWO ROCK, COASTAL CALIFORNIA" is in sale since Tuesday, March 15, 2016. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "saltrento" and is located in Lafayette, Colorado. This item can be shipped to United States, to Canada, to United Kingdom, DK, RO, SK, BG, CZ, FI, HU, LV, LT, MT, EE, to Australia, GR, PT, CY, SI, to Japan, SE, KR, ID, to Taiwan, ZA, to Belgium, to France, to Hong Kong, to Ireland, to Netherlands, PL, to Spain, to Italy, to Germany, to Austria, IL, to Mexico, to New Zealand, SG, NO, SA, UA, AE, QA, KW, BH, HR, MY, TR, CL, CO, CR, DO, PA, TT, GT, SV, HN, JM.