Lubbock Lake Landmark Exhibition examines sacred places - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Lubbock Lake Landmark Exhibition examines sacred places, ancient rock art

Provided by Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark

The Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark will celebrate the opening of the exhibition Sacred Places & Ancient Texts - The Rock Art of Cowhead Mesa, on Saturday, November 3, with activities for the whole family.

The celebration begins at 10am for children, ages 6-12, with If Rocks Could Talk: The Story behind Cowhead Mesa. Hands-on activities include: yucca brush painting, petroglyph carving, pictograph painting, and Native American games.

Opening reception and gallery talk with Lubbock Lake Landmark regional research staff will begin at 7p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Admissions to both events are FREE of charge.

Cowhead Mesa is one of several locations under scientific scrutiny through the Museum's long-term research efforts in the region. This exhibition highlights one aspect of that research, the petroglyphs found at a place called Cowhead Mesa near the West Texas town of Post.

Cowhead Mesa is located in a region defined by the steep Southern High Plains caprock escarpment, remnant mesas, and the rough terrain of the canyon breaks. The escarpment's rock faces provided many people - ancient to present - stone canvases for carving stories about their lives and the landscape.

Native American groups carved into the rock (petroglyphs) images, such as found at Cowhead Mesa, that record and tell stories, often in places of special spiritual significance, providing for us an enigmatic and powerful reminder of the aboriginal populations that once occupied the vast Great Plains landscape.

A 3-D Leica HDS 3000 long-range scanner was used to record the Cowhead Mesa rock art, affording researchers high accuracy and the ability to document fully the entire rock art panel in a non-invasive manner. High-resolution digital photographs of the entire main panel were overlain onto the laser-generated data to provide a measurable and graphic representation of the panel's surface, preserving the images for generations to come.

The exhibition is a compilation of technology and ancient images and texts into a story that tells about the various peoples who have lived in the region and reveals something about their lives and beliefs.

For information about the event, contact the Landmark Education office at 806.742.1116, or email to

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