All I know is that some indian tribes used to grind acorns to make a flour for part of their food. The rock appears to have several grinding holes for this. I only quess this as your picture ID's are titled grinding.
It is indeed a communal grinding area from native american times. There were 8-10 pits in that rock. It was probably a good 8x15 feet, maybe a little larger. Pretty cool, I love finding things like that while out and about.
Don't know what you won, but you're the winner....
What? No 2012 Ford F150 4X4 Supercrew with the Cabela's 50th anniverary logo ... or no all expense paid once in a lifetime Alaskan Moose hunt?!?!?!
That's okay - I knew it before I read the grinding ID as soon as I opened the pictures and saw the several holes in the rocks. I actually did this as an experiment as a kid. You really have to grind a lot of acorns to get enough flour to make anything... thus all of the holes so the indian women could all grind simultaneously! There are some really neat recipes on the internet!!!
Thanks for the quiz! Maybe next time there will be a monster financial first prize!!!
Next time I am out there, I will grind up some acorns, throw them in an envelope, and send them to you as a consolation prize...
Seriously though, it makes you think about how many generations of native americans used that exact rock to grind on. It takes a long, long time to get that worn down. Really neat if you think about it.
I like the trivia and the history so no problem on the multi-million dollar prize... or the envelope full of grounded acorn flour! It is really neat to find this in the middle of the woods. Dad has a very old homestead on his property that dates back a couple hundred of years. It is really neat to think what they did to survive.
If you are still looking at a solo hunt in 2012 and want a hunting buddy just send me a PM and If I can work it into my hunting schedule for 2012 I would be glad to go out with you in GMU 62.
I have found quite a few spots like that is the rim rock canyons of Utah. There they were no grinding acorns but pinion nuts and or grass seeds. It often made me wonder just how much sand that they got into their nut/seed meal as they were doing it.
Really cool. I enjoy this kind of stuf as well. Up in unit 10 while hunting and scouting I was able to find pieces of petrified wood and some sea shell fossils in the rocks right along the side of the road. There are a lot of old indian camps in the are as well where you can look for arrowheads and such. I haven't found any yet but know of people who do really well at it. My property up there actually has a round blackened are where a teepee had sat. I plan to go over the area really well but haven't had a chance yet, but I have found many flint chips just nothing bigger.
I am a little late on this one due to the system problems. I knew what they were and it is always cool to see stuff like that. I had private land permission for antelope in SE Colorado and saw some and also some petroglyphs along the rims and wash areas. Some are very well preserved and do not look as old as they are. Really makes you feel like a part of nature and as your living history. Thanks and try and stump us again with a quiz, good stuff.
I could see the small band of mule deer picking their way towards me through the sagebrush 800 plus yards away. With my 10 power binoculars I spotted a legal buck bringing up the tail. I dropped down and crouched behind a large chunk of sage just waiting for them to pass within range. Unfortunately, they stopped and began milling around before finally settling down, with a few of them laying down right out in the open. They were not going to come to me; if I wanted any closer, I'd...