Lubbock Lake Landmark Quaternary Research Program

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Location: Lubbock, TX, US

Season: May 31, 2020 to August 16, 2020

Session Dates: Session 1: May 31st through July 12th Session 2: July 5th through August 16th

Application Deadline: May 15, 2020

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 2020 field season marks the 49th year of the Landmark’s international volunteer research program established in 1972. Two 6-week sessions are offered.
Session 1: May 31st through July 12th (Post or Roland Springs)
Session 2: July 5th through August 16th (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 2020 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 2020 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 48th 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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