Pre~Historic Artifacts

Stone Pestle

     This stone tool is an example of a pestle used to crush and grind grains such as corn, oats and wheat. It would have been used in conjunction with a flat or slightly concave mortar stone. It is dated to the Archaic cultural period, which lasted from approximately 8000 BC to 1000 BC. At roughly six inches in length, the tool is shaped to fit neatly in the hand with the widest end to pound the grains on the surface of the mortar stone.