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MEETING SEPTEMBER 22, 7 P.M.
Regional Research Field Manager Lubbock Lake Landmark
Searching for the First Americans at Spring Creek:
Research and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Drone survey along the
Eastern Escarpment of the Southern High Plains of
Spring Creek, a tributary of the South Fork of the Double Mountain Fork
of the Brazos River near Post, Texas, holds significant Late Pleistocene
to Early Holocene deposits (~12,000-8,000 years ago). The Lubbock Lake
Landmark regional research team since 2008
has uncovered sequences of animal remains that spans this time period.
Important finds include the remains of a camel (Camelops hesternus), ancient bison (Bison antiquus), and a large sample of extinct box turtle (Terrapene
carolina putnami). Evidence of Paleoindian (11,500-8,000)
hunter-gatherers in this area include the discovery of a Clovis
projectile point and a possible ancient bison kill.
The Landmark research team is currently conducting geoarchaeological
work to examine the distribution of sediments and soils to ascertain the
temporal and spatial relationship of the animal remain and Paleoindian
finds. Besides traditional geoarchaeological
techniques, the research team this past field season began using an
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to 3D model the landscape to better
examine the distribution of sediments and soils.
This talk will present the results of past investigations and the use of
UAV to better understand the geoarchaeology of Spring Creek.