The Lubbock Lake Fossil Site

Some observations from a afar about Lubbock Lake. Just a short ways downstream from us lies a site similar, and probably culturally connected to, the Clovis site. Although we disagree with a few points in Dr. Johnson’s work, overall, it is a great contribution to the work on the Southern High Plains.

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Lubbock Lake was a natural 10 acre body of water located within the city limits of Lubbock, Texas.  Wind blown sediment formed a barrier that choked the flow of a stream, creating this lake.  Springs fed the stream and were part of the headwaters of the Brazos River system.   During the 19th century Lubbock Lake served as a favorite watering hole for cowboys and their cattle, and Indians had utilized these wetlands for at least 13,000 years.  But during the 1930s too many residents had dug wells in the vicinity causing the water table to drop and the lake to dry up.  City workers dug into the dry lake bed in a failed attempt to establish a reservoir.  However, vertebrate fossils and artifacts were found in the spoil piles of dirt dug by the engineers.  Scientists began studying this locality.  Material from this site was the first ever to be radio-carbon dated. …

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About George Crawford

archaeologist, archer, primitive technologist, and wannabee fiddler...mostly
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