TEXAS STATE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION.
Vol. I. JANUARY, 1898. No. 3.
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PREHISTORIC RACES IN TEXAS.
O. M. ROBERTS.
That prehistoric men existed in Texas is made manifest by the
flint arrow-heads that may be found in most parts, if not all over
the country, wherever the surface rocks are exposed, amongst which
they are usually discovered. In some places there have also been
found stone knives, scrapers, hatchets, and hammers, especially in
Western and Northwestern Texas.
These instruments, even the arrow-heads, required skill in their
uniform construction, which makes it probable that the making
of them was a vocation of those who were proficient in it, and
that they were an object of commerce amongst those primitive
people. This is rendered more probable from the fact that the
very fine flint rock from which they are made is not found, so far
as is generally known, in this country nearer than the flint hills
and mountains of Arkansas and Alabama. In all the prairies west
and north of the Trinity river, and in the mountains and high
plains of the west, there are not, so far as known, any mounds of
earth or rocks constructed by prehistoric men, and therefore it is
to be presumed that those who inhabited or roamed over those
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