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    • tailfeather
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      In keeping with some recent threads, I thought some of you may enjoy this pbs special. I found it fascinating. I especially appreciate the rancher and archaeologist’s forward-thinking approach.

    • paleoman
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      Well worth watching!

    • Bunyan Morris
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      Thanks feather. What an insight into an ancient culture.

    • RalphRalph
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      Thanks! I enjoyed that. I just absolutely love archaeology. If I had do overs that’s what I’d do methinks. I used to find a lot of stuff around the Grand Mesa area of Colo. I hope it’s still there. I wouldn’t tell anybody where it was, just enjoyed the find.

      I found this metate up on the Canadian River north of Amarillo where I hunt. I know where several more are but my wife and I keep it to ourselves. Best shared by photos.

    • Stephen Graf
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      What is a metate? Looks like petrified cow dung to me 😯

    • Mark Turton
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      Tailfeather, enjoyed that thank you.

      Mark.

    • RalphRalph
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      Holes in the rock resulting from the grinding of corn with a mano.

    • Ben M.
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      I live in the land of limestone. I can’t tell if that rock is limestone from the picture, but we see Three Mile limestone around here that looks a lot like that.

      Which aboriginal people occupied the land where these rocks were found?

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      Great video. Thanks for the post, dwc

    • RalphRalph
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      Geological time is very difficult to imagine. In the words of Wes Phillips, “rocks are unimaginably old, and the same is true of rocks in the Texas Panhandle.” The current landscape of the Texas Panhandle began it’s development about 70,000,000 years ago with the uplift of the Rocky Mountains. Imagine a landscape structure 700,000 centuries of old!

      The natural erosion created by the westerly weather patterns flowed down in elevation and to the east and the naturally agraded streams fanned out into alluvial formations. The calcium saturated water evaporated leaving thick layers of hard dolomite that eventually formed the Caprock. With a subsequent layer of loam clay forming on top, the flat surface of the Llano Estacado was formed.

      http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/villagers/index.html

      Maybe this helps if it all works.

      The Comanches are the most infamous here but they were the latest to occupy the area. You can research Quanah Parker for lots of interesting history.

      There is a lot of limestone in some areas but the main rock is way hard. We have bunches of flint also. The Alibates flint Quarry is an interesting research also.

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