SHAMAN MORTAR & PESTLE, SANTA ROSA CREEK, Santa Rosa, California, 19th Century Find. 2 lbs 9.2 oz. Near the confluence of Brush and Santa Rosa Creeks, in the late 19th century a hunter dug into a small, mound along the banks of the water.
Within a pit below the mound-dirt he uncovered an array of stone tools including the artifact listed here. The mortar has been carefully shaped / sized for hand-held use. Multiple abrasion scratches and soil grooves are evident.
Within the bowl are stone furrows where the rock has been extracted. It is important to note that a nearby rock formation known as "Flat Rocks" was host to a large number of indigenous Native Americans who lived in the region for thousands of years. These types of artifacts were carried by a tribal elder versed in medicinal and spiritual matters. The mortar was probably used to mix/grind small amounts of special herbs/pigments for very special ceremonial events. Based on early settler comments from California, such esteemed tribal members frequently carried such precious items in leather pouches.
As mentioned above the region that eventually became Santa Rosa was the location a large population of tribes. The fresh waters of both creeks at that specific location allowed for drinking, bathing and hunting the multitude of wild life in the region. In short, it was the perfect setting for living off the land. A valuable and quite RARE artifact from California's early, prehistoric history.
The item "SHAMAN MORTAR & PESTLE, SANTA ROSA CREEK, Santa Rosa, California, 19th C. Find" is in sale since Monday, September 12, 2016. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "saltrento" and is located in Erie, Colorado.
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