MORTAR & PESTLE: COLUMBIA RIVER, near THE DALLES. This magnificent small bowl, carved from volcanic stone, was uncovered by early settlers to the region. This bowl was associated with a rather somewhat curved pestle. A large number of these stone tools/mortars were found near an area of two rapids located at the Big Eddy area just upstream of todays city of The Dalles.
The artifacts, including this intriguing stone bowl (or perhaps mortar) were passed along to various non-family members until acquired by this site. The bowl was carved out of a gray, volcanic stone typically found in the region. This artifact is noteworthy due to the form and shape of the bowl. The mortar has a rounded bottom, clear evidence of great care in the shaping of this mortar. Formation pecking is noticeable throughout.Slight soil abrasions, minor dings, pebble-scratches and ancient shaping cuts along bottom. The artifact is in the exact condition of acquisitionit has not been washed or brushed. The pestle is a hand-sized granite stone with the bottom portion having been abraded/polished through use. During the construction of The Dalles Dam and farther upstream, buried under gravel deposits laid down almost 13,000 years ago, early workers found evidence of a buried hearthrevealing that ancient people have been in the region since at least that time, if not before. Lewis, Cark and company witnessed encountered many different cultures all speaking different languagescausing some interesting communication gaffes. In essence the later tribes living in the region focused on the yearly salmon runs to provide a major food source. Salmon was used in a variety of ways: grilled, boiled, ground down into paste/mixed with local vegetables, herbs and more.
This stone bowl no doubt, was used to crush/grind various substances. The item "MORTAR & PESTLE COLUMBIA RIVER, near THE DALLES, OREGON 19th Century Find" is in sale since Saturday, December 24, 2016. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "saltrento" and is located in Erie, 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, CL, CO, CR, DO, PA, TT, GT, SV, HN, JM.