Collections Highlights – Cogstone


Date: 6000-3000 BCE

This is one of eleven cogstones that were unearthed during the 1930 remodel of the Rancho Los Cerritos adobe. Cogstones are unique to Southern California, but modern scholars are not in agreement about the functions they may have served. This cogstone were featured in Tevaaxa’nga (Te-vaah-ha-nga) to Today: Stories of the Tongva People, an exhibit celebrating the history and culture of the Tongva (Gabrielino); the first people to inhabit the land that would eventually become Rancho Los Cerritos. Link to exhibit

Donated by Elizabeth “Betty” Bixby

This photo taken of re-united set of 11 discoidals and cogstones.