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Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument

                   
Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
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Alibates Flint Quarries
Map showing the location of Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument
Location Potter County, Texas, USA
Nearest city Amarillo
Coordinates 35°34′30″N 101°41′02″W / 35.575045°N 101.6837868°W / 35.575045; -101.6837868Coordinates: 35°34′30″N 101°41′02″W / 35.575045°N 101.6837868°W / 35.575045; -101.6837868[1]
Area 1,371 acres (555 ha)[2]
Authorized August 21, 1965 (1965-Aug-21)
Visitors 3,214 (in 2011)[3]
Governing body National Park Service
Designated: October 15, 1966
Reference #: 66000822[4]

Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument is a U.S. National Monument in the State of Texas. For thousands of years, people came to the red bluffs above the Canadian River for flint, vital to their existence. Demand for the high quality, rainbow-hued flint is reflected in the distribution of Alibates Flint through the Great Plains and beyond. Indians of the Ice Age Clovis Culture used Alibates flint for spear points to hunt the Imperial Mammoth before the Great Lakes were formed. The flint usually lies just below the surface at ridge level in a layer up to six feet thick. Because these quarries are located on Lake Meredith, erosion of the lake made the flint more accessible to these people. The quarry pits were not very large, between 5 to 25 feet wide and 4 to 7 feet deep.[5] Many of these quarries were exploited by the Antelope Creek people, of the Panhandle culture, between 1200 and 1450. The stone-slabbed, multi-room houses built by the Antelope Creek people have long been of interest to the public and studied by archaeologists. Today this area is protected by the U.S. National Park Service and can only be viewed by ranger-led guided tours, which must be made in advance.

Alibates Flint Quarries is the only National Monument in the state of Texas, and is an integral part of Lake Meredith National Recreation Area.

The monument was authorized as Alibates Flint Quarries and Texas Panhandle Pueblo Culture National Monument on August 21, 1965, but the designation was shortened to the current name on November 10, 1978.[6]

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