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Grinding Rocks/Bedrock Mortars
Photographer: Syd Whittle
Taken: October 16, 2009
Caption: Grinding Rocks/Bedrock Mortars
Additional Description: Maidu Indians used grinding rocks as food preparation utensils. Archeologists use the term, “bedrock mortars” to describe these unique tools, which were found standing alone or found among rocks. Indian women used the grinding rock, along with a linear rock called a “pestle”, to grind grass seeds, acorns and other foods during the food preparation process, which included gathering, storing, teaching and cooking. Other utensils such as baskets, stones, brushes and stirring sticks were also used in cooking. Food preparation, as with most aspects [...] was considered a sacred job.
Submitted: October 18, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
Database Locator Identification Number: p81108
File Size: 2.034 Megabytes

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