Archaeology in Action Day at the Lubbock Lake Landmark Saturday

Published 07/10 2014 11:25AM

Updated 07/12 2014 06:54PM

LUBBOCK, TX (NEWS RELEASE) -- The Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark is celebrating its annual Archaeology in Action: Family Day, next Saturday, July 12. Official tour times begin at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. Admission is free.

A free event, visitors will get a behind-the-scenes look at an active archaeological site where field crew members will be excavating. Other researchers will discuss how environmental and cultural clues fit into the picture of the culture and time period currently under investigation.

Children's activities include spear throwing, animal tracking, pottery puzzles and more. Visitors also can watch flint knapping and ancient traditional cooking method demonstrations.

The event lasts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 12. Later that night, the Landmark will have a Landmark After Dark Night Hike beginning at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 12. The Night Hike is a good time to see wildlife and to gaze at stars.

Archaeology in Action: Family Day is made possible by the generous support of the Helen Jones Foundation Inc.

As one of the few known sites in North America to contain evidence of continuous human habitation spanning 11,500 years, the Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark is a renowned archaeological site and 335-acre natural history preserve. The preserve has trails throughout, including an all-access wildflower trail, a 3.5-mile nature trail, and a shady archeology trail. Bikes are allowed on the nature trails. Dogs are not allowed on preserve land to protect pets from dangerous animals and plants.

The Lubbock Lake Landmark is located near Berl Huffman Athletic Facilities in northwest Lubbock. The Landmark is a unit of the Museum of Texas Tech and is located at 2401 Landmark Drive on Lubbock's northwest edge (accessible via marked Loop 289 exits, or by following signs at U.S. 84 -- Clovis Highway -- through Landmark Lane to Landmark Drive).

For more information, contact Susan Rowe at the Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark at (806) 742-1116 or

(News release by The Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark)


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