• Alibates Flint Quarries and the Canadian River Breaks

    Alibates Flint Quarries

    National Monument Texas

Early Prehistoric Indians (1 AD to 1000 AD)

The metate and mano were used to grind corn.

The metate and mano were used to grind corn.

NPS/JCPappas and A. Garcia

A shift from the Archaic era to the Late Prehistoric era took place when arrowpoints became smaller and the bow and arrow was invented. The first group of people in the Texas Panhandle who used the bow and arrow were the Palo Duro people, who probably came from the southwest around 1 AD to 500 AD. They used small arrowpoints with deep corner-notches, and made thick brown-ware pottery. They used very little Alibates flint, although some Alibates flint was used for arrowpoints.

A few hundred years later, people from the eastern Woodland tribes came to the Texas Panhandle. They made cord-marked pottery and used arrowpoints with shallow notches. They may have been the first people to grow corn in the Panhandle.

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Did You Know?

good flint pic

As far back as 12,000 years ago, Alibates flint was an important material used to make weapons such as Clovis and Folsom spear points. More...