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Pestle
Tataviam Culture | Newhall, California

Name: Pestle

Culture: Tataviam

Material: Stone (granite)

Dimensions: 7.625 x 2.625 in (widest) / 19.4 x 6.7 cm (widest)

Weight: 3.02 lbs (48.37 oz.) / 1.371 kg

Technique: Ground smooth

Provenance: Newhall, June 2018; see below

Catalog No: SW.SCV1801

Pestle found by local historian Stan Walker in mid-June 2018 on the narrow strip of land between Sierra Highway and the 14 Freeway in Newhall, near the access road to the city of Santa Clarita's Elsmere Canyon Open Space. Across Sierra Highway to the west is the south end of the Needham Ranch industrial park development.

Size, shape and material are "correct" for the area. Mostly buried when found (see photo showing exposed surface); non-grinding end was partially cracked off and missing.

The location of the major Tataviam village of Tochonanga, most of whose people were removed to the San Fernando Mission by the end of 1799, has not been identified in modern times. However, based on early maps and topographical features, a strong candidate location is the general vicinity where this pestle was found.


SW.SCV1801: Download higher resolution images here. Photographed June 2018. Map on file.
TATAVIAM ARTIFACTS

Bowers Cave

Peabody Museum Index


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Bowers Cave Specimens (Mult.)

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Bowers on Bowers Cave 1885

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Stephen Bowers Bio

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Bowers Cave: Perforated Stones (Henshaw 1887)

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Bowers Cave: Van Valkenburgh 1952

• Bowers Cave Inventory (Elsasser & Heizer 1963)


• Chiquita Landfill Expansion DEIR 2014: Bowers Cave Discussion

Agua Dulce

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Vasquez Rock Art x8

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Ethnobotany of Vasquez, Placerita (Brewer 2014)

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Bowl x5

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Basketry Fragment

Acton

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Blum Ranch (Mult.)

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Little Rock Creek

Castaic Area

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Fish Canyon Bedrock Mortars & Cupules x3

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2 Steatite Bowls, Hydraulic Research 1968

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Steatite Cup, 1970 Elderberry Canyon Dig x5

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Ceremonial Bar, 1970 Elderberry Canyon Dig x4

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Projectile Points (4), 1970 Elderberry Canyon Dig

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Paradise Ranch Earth Oven

Piru Creek

Lopez Report 1974


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Twined Water Bottle x14

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Grinding Stones, Camulos

Newhall Area

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Arrow Straightener

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Pestle

Tejon Area

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Basketry x2

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Coiled Basket 1875

Other

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Riverpark, aka River Village (Mult.)

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Riverpark Artifact Conveyance

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Mojave Desert: Burham Canyon Pictographs

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Leona Valley Site (Disturbed 2001)

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2 Baskets

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So. Cal. Basket

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Biface, Haskell Canyon

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2 Mortars, 2 Pestles, Bouquet Canyon

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