Autumn Harvest

Autumn Harvest (HM15TH)

Location: Oroville, CA 95966 Butte County
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N 39° 32.099', W 121° 27.963'

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For centuries, acorns have been a major food source for many California Indian groups. Nutritious and easy to store, processed acorns could be served as soup, mixed with fruit or meat, or baked into a cake.

1. In autumn, Indian people filled their carrying baskets with acorns from beneath the oak trees.

2. They cracked and shelled the dried acorns. Following time-honored practices, they pounded the acorn meat into meal using bedrock mortars - holes worn into slabs of rock.

3. The acorn meal was then transferred to a shallow, sandy basin lined with leaves or grass where water was gently poured over the meal to wash out the bitter tannic acid.

4. Finally, the meal was mixed with water in large baskets to form a soup or mush and cooked by heated rocks placed into the baskets.

In good harvest years surplus acorns were traded to other Indians groups in exchange for useful goods - such as shells, skins, stone and pine nuts - that were abundant in other regions.
HM NumberHM15TH
Year Placed2011
Placed ByCalifornia State Parks
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 9:52pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 631824 N 4377270
Decimal Degrees39.53498333, -121.46605000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 32.099', W 121° 27.963'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 32' 5.94" N, 121° 27' 57.78" W
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Area Code(s)530
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2332 Kelly Ridge Rd, Oroville CA 95966, US
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