In the 1970's I lived in Western Kansas and found many alibates points and tools. I,ve also hunted southern Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle where many alibates tools are found. When I came to West Texas,I expected to find many alibates points here as well but to my surprise, found very few. In 26 years of hunting in West Texas, I've found less than 5 alibates points.I wonder why this flint was carried in great quanities north but not south from the quarry. Anyone have any thoughts on this? John
The picture RGS posted is alibates flint. This quarry is located on the Allan Bates ranch in the Palo Duro canyon area. There were tons of flint carried out and traded all over the high and south plains. It's one of my favorite flints, Looks almost like marble. I've seen a few paleo points found in the Texas panhandle that were made of alibates and there are beautiful works of ancient art. Years ago, I hunted some sites in the Duma,Tx. area and the ground would be carpeted with these beautiful flint chips. Wish there was more of it found in West Texas.