Lubbock Lake: Late Quaternary Studies on the Southern High Plains (Paperback)
  • Lubbock Lake: Late Quaternary Studies on the Southern High Plains (Paperback)

Lubbock Lake: Late Quaternary Studies on the Southern High Plains (Paperback)

Paperback 192 Pages / Published: 30/11/2013
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Lubbock Lake, one of the best-dated and best-stratified archaeological sites in the New World, was discovered in 1936, when City of Lubbock work crews were dredging for a municipal reservoir. Poking around the piles of dredged earth, a group of boys found a perfect Folsom projectile point, which they delivered to Prof. W.C. Holden at Texas Technological College. Even in light of this important discovery, only limited excavations of the site were conducted until 1972.

Beginning that year, researchers on the Lubbock Lake project set out to explore and study the strata systematically. The site surpassed their expectations, yielding information on 12,000 years of natural history. It contained five major stratigraphic units, five different soils revealed that the area was once cool and marshy, and that gradual warming and drying followed, with periods of blowing dust and, throughout, the steady reduction of vegetation. The bones of mammoths and extinct species of bear, bison, reptiles, and various aquatic creatures and artifacts of cultural interaction offered clues to animal and human adaptation of the changing climate and ecosystem on the Southern High Plains.

This book, the primary site report, details research methodologies used and includes reports on the regional and local setting. Also included are the site's history and its geologic, pedologic, botanical, and cultural chronology. Although ten seasons of intensive effort at Lubbock Lake have resulted in the complete excavation of only 0.05% of the vast 120-hectare site, this volume, fully illustrated and documented with site plans, photographs, drawings, and tabular material, is the most comprehensive work available on the 12,000 years of life that existed in Lubbock Lake.

Publisher: Texas A & M University Press
ISBN: 9781623490669
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 635 g
Dimensions: 279 x 216 x 13 mm

"... the editor and authors have fully justified the assertion that the Lubbock Lake site 'has produced one of the most nearly complete late Quaternary records in the New World ...' The integrated interdisciplinary approach to the investigations carried out at Lubbock Lake by the LLP group places this site among the small handful of Paleo-Indian site reports that have established a standard for the study of Paleo-Indian sites and associated materials." - American Anthropologist "Ongoing interdisciplinary work of the Lubbock Lake Project coordinated by Johnson since 1973 is perhaps the most intensive archaeological effort at any site in the southern Plains region. The cumulative results of this long-term project are extremely important, particularly for their paleoecological implications... the fact that useful information is available [in this book] to critique is a tribute to the project's continuing success." - American Antiquity " ... an interesting book, worth reading ..." - North American Archaeologist " ... the date in this volume are presented in a fashion amenable to reinterpretation by others in the decades to come ... a scholarly work of lasting importance ..." - Geoarchaeology: An International Journal

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