For thousands of years, across hundreds of generations, people have come to Lubbock Lake. Hunter-gatherers, from Clovis to Protohistoric peoples, the Apache and Comanche nations, and the founding of a modern city are each a part of the history of this National Historic Landmark that is one of the premier archaeological and natural history sites in North America. In 2023, the Landmark celebrates its 50th year of continuous field research and public programming at the Lubbock Lake Landmark. Dr. Eileen Johnson, building upon previous pioneering work, began the Lubbock Lake research program in 1972 with the first field season in 1973.
From the beginning, Dr. Johnson’s research was ground-breaking, taking an interdisciplinary approach to research and establishing an internationally renowned volunteer field research program that continues to this day. Throughout the coming year, the Landmark will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Lubbock Lake fieldwork and discoveries through videos and other content shared here and on our Facebook page and Instagram account.
A unit of the Museum of Texas Tech University, the Lubbock Lake Landmark is an archaeological and natural history preserve at the northern edge of the city of Lubbock, Texas. The Landmark contains evidence of almost 12,000 years of occupation by ancient peoples on the Southern High Plains. The Landmark welcomes visitors of all ages year round.
The Landmark is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark and a State Archeological Landmark.