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Lubbock Lake Landmark Quaternary Research Program

Location: Lubbock, Texas, United States

June 4, 2018 to August 18, 2018

Session dates: 
Session 1: June 4th through July 14th (Post or Roland Springs Session 2: July 10th through August 18th (Post or Lubbock Lake Landmark)

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Sunday, June 17, 2018

Deadline Type: 
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Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



Lubbock Lake Landmark/Museum of Texas Tech University

Project Director:

Dr. Eileen Johnson, Director, Lubbock Lake Landmark

Project Description

Join an ongoing field research program of international volunteer crews working with professional staff at the Lubbock Lake Landmark, Roland Springs Ranch, and Post research areas in northwest Texas. Each research area contains a field camp and food and snacks are provided at no cost. Volunteers are required to provide their own round trip travel costs.

The 2018 field season marks the 47th year of the Landmark's international volunteer research program established in 1972. Two 6-week sessions are offered.
Session 1: June 4th through July 14th (Post or Roland Springs)
Session 2: July 10th through August 18th (Post or Lubbock Lake Landmark)
Although not a field school, volunteers for the Lubbock Lake Landmark regional research program gain practical experience in museum field methodologies using the latest in field recording technology including GIS and 3D, proper field conservation of materials, and laboratory experience in processing materials from the field.
•          6-week volunteer minimum
•          must be 18 years of age
•          no experience necessary, just an interest in fieldwork
For additional information and an application visit the Lubbock Lake Landmark website. Dr. Eileen Johnson the Director of the Lubbock Lake Landmark will also answer any other questions
Research Plans for the 2018 Field Season
At Lubbock Lake Landmark, the investigation will focus on uncovering a Protohistoric-age (1450-1650) campsite.
Fauna recovered at the Roland Springs Ranch locality near Snyder, Texas, has provided insights into paleoenvironments dating to perhaps as old as 2.6 million years ago (mya). Summer 2018 excavation will focus on geologic exploration and continuing to uncover extinct species that no longer exist on the Southern Plains.
At Post, both ends of the archaeological record – the Historic (1875-1879) and Paleoindian (11,500-8,500 B.P.) periods are explored. The research team will continue the excavation of a buffalo hunters’ camp (4JK5) situated along the escarpment of the Southern High Plains. The field crew will also continue the excavation of late Pleistocene faunal remains and search for Paleoindian sites along Spring Creek.

Period(s) of Occupation: Paleoindian, Historical, Early Cattle Ranching, and Buffalo Hunters

- no cost, room and board are provided - museum based field research - this international volunteer program is in its 46th consecutive year

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 6 weeks

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

Room and board are provided free of cost


Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Number of credits offered n/a


Contact Information
Eileen Johnson
Box 43191
Recommended Bibliography: 

Hurst, Stance, and Eileen Johnson. "Prominent places on the landscape: Occupations at Cowhead Mesa along the eastern escarpment edge of the Southern High Plains of Texas." plains anthropologist (2016): 1-27.

Hurst, Stance, Doug Cunningham, and Eileen Johnson. "Experiments in Late Archaic methods of heat-treating Ogallala Formation quartzarenite clasts along the Southern High Plains eastern escarpment of Texas." Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 3 (2015): 207-215.

Moretti, John A., and Eileen Johnson. "The First Record of the Jumping Mouse Zapus from the Southern High Plains." PaleoAmerica 1, no. 1 (2015): 121-123.

Murphy, Laura R., Stance C. Hurst, Vance T. Holliday, and Eileen Johnson. "Late Quaternary landscape evolution, soil stratigraphy, and geoarchaeology of the Caprock Canyonlands, Northwest Texas, USA." Quaternary International 342 (2014): 57-72.

Backhouse, Paul N., Eileen Johnson, and Doug Cunningham. "The Bouchier cache: a biface cache from the western Rolling Plains of Texas." Plains Anthropologist 55.214 (2010): 169-180.

Hurst, Stance, Eileen Johnson, Zaneta Martinez McCoy, and Doug Cunningham. "The lithology of Ogallala gravels and hunter‐gatherer procurement strategies along the Southern High Plains eastern escarpment of Texas, USA." Geoarchaeology 25, no. 1 (2010): 96-121.

Hurst, Stance, Elizabeth Louden, and Eileen Johnson. "Unravelling the Cowhead Mesa petroglyphs with 3-D laser scanning and high-resolution digital photography." Rock Art Research: The Journal of the Australian Rock Art Research Association (AURA) 26, no. 1 (2009): 43.

Backhouse, Paul N., Eileen Johnson, and Doug Cunningham. "Lithic technology and toolstone variability at two gravel exposures neighboring the eastern Llano Estacado." Plains Anthropologist 54, no. 211 (2009): 259-279.

Backhouse, Paul N., and Eileen Johnson. "Where were the hearths: an experimental investigation of the archaeological signature of prehistoric fire technology in the alluvial gravels of the Southern Plains." Journal of archaeological science 34, no. 9 (2007): 1367-1378.

Johnson, Eileen, and Vance T. Holliday. "Lubbock Lake: Late Quaternary cultural and environmental change on the southern High Plains, USA." Journal of Quaternary Science 4.2 (1989): 145-165.

Holliday, Vance T. "Archaeological geology of the Lubbock Lake site, southern High Plains of Texas." Geological Society of America Bulletin 96.12 (1985): 1483-1492.

Johnson, Eileen, Vance T. Holliday, Michael J. Kaczor, and Robert Stuckenrath. "Garza Occupation at the Lubbock Lake Site." Bulletin of the Texas Archaeological Society 48 (1977): 83-109.