Artifact of the Week 2/28/2011

LA3324.32904: Unfluted Folsom projectile point fragment made of Alibates agate.

This artifact was excavated from the Blackwater Draw North Bank in 1963 by J. Collins.  This fragment was found in the Folsom-age horizon just 36 cm (14 inches) below the Agate Basin stratigraphic unit.

Alibates chert, sometimes called “flint”, is better described as an agatized dolomite.  The Alibates Flint Quarries located near Amarillo, TX is the source for this raw material.

To learn more about this commonly used raw material, visit Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument.

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