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Stance Hurst
Regional Research Field Manager Lubbock Lake Landmark

Searching for the First Americans at Spring Creek: 
Geoarchaeology Research and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Drone survey along the Eastern Escarpment of the Southern High Plains of 
Northwest, Texas 

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.



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