Lubbock Lake Landmark Quaternary Research Program

COVID-19 NOTICE: Please be sure to reach out to the project contact to find out the status of their upcoming season. Many projects have cancelled fieldwork for 2020 and the information below may not reflect that.

Location: Lubbock, TX, US

Season: May 30, 2021 to August 21, 2021

Session Dates: Session 1: May 30th through July 10th Session 2: July 11th through August 21st

Application Deadline: May 15, 2021

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:

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 Landmark regional research crew was in the field for the 2020 field season under successful and proven COVID-19 health safety protocols. These protocols apply to the 2021 field season and limit the number of people who can join the field crew. Apply early to ensure a placement.

Vaccination for COVID-19 is required depending on general availability.

The 2021 field season marks the 49th year of the Landmark’s international volunteer research program established in 1973. Two 6-week sessions are offered.
Session 1: May 30th through July 10th (Post or Roland Springs)
Session 2: July 11th through August 21st (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 2021 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 2021 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 Protohistoric (1450-1650) and Paleoindian (11,500-8,500 B.P.) periods are explored. The research team will continue the excavation of a Protohistoric hunter-gatherer camp during Session 1. In Session 2, the field crew will continue the excavation of late Pleistocene faunal remains and a Folsom-age ~10,500 bison kill site along Spring Creek.

Period(s) of Occupation: Paleoindian, Protohistoric, Quaternary

- no cost, room and board are provided - museum based field research - this international volunteer program is in its 49th consecutive year

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 6 weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: none

Room and Board Arrangements:
Room and board are provided free of cost Cost: none

Academic Credit:
n/a credits offered by n/a. Tuition is none.

Contact Information:

Eileen Johnson

Box 43191





Phone: 806-742-2442

Fax: 806-742-1136

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