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**Media Advisory** Hell Gap Dedication

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2015 Archaeology Wear

Join our celebration! The Hell Gap site was listed as a National Historic Landmark (NHL) by the Secretary of the Interior on December 23, 2016. The Wyoming Archaeological Foundation and the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office along with other program sponsors are planning to celebrate the national recognition of the important place this archaeological site holds in American history.

Join us at the Hell Gap site Saturday morning, July 22, 2017. The ribbon cutting and dedication for Wyoming’s twenty-seventh NHL will begin at 11 a.m. Lunch will follow. Tours of the site and atlatl throwing demonstrations, including the opportunity to participate, will be held throughout the day. There are a limited number of chairs available so please bring along a lawn chair.

If you are planning on attending and would like to join us for lunch, please register for this event by June 30th so that we have enough food for everyone.

We look forward to seeing you at the site!
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Wyoming Archaeology Wear

This year's Wyoming Archaeology apparel design is adapted from a shield currently on display at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. The bear painted on the rawhide shield is attributed to the Hidatsa. It represents a grizzly bear, the most powerful wildlife animal in Wyoming. Grizzlies are both feared and revered. Not surprisingly, Plains Indians recognized them as symbols of strength and courage. Bears were illustrated on shields, robes, tipi covers, in ledger drawings and rock art; imitated in dances and songs; and used as a name for successful warriors. Bears on shields are often shown with the whole body in profile, but bear paws arranged in various ways on the shield are also common. One motif shows a bear’s forequarters as the bear emerges from its den. The “standing bear” motif on this shield is a striking example of a full facing bear. It is there to protect the shield’s owner and to symbolically attack the enemy. The bows and guns to the side of the bear probably represent weapons captured by the shield’s owner. The design is used with the concurrence of the Hidatsa Tribe.

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Buffalo Bill Memorial Association at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. In the last 100 years five museums have been built which encompass art, history, science, Native peoples, and firearms as well as a world class research library. Historical as well as contemporary issues in conservation and history are addressed through exhibits. If you are traveling to Cody we encourage you to visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

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The University of Wyoming archaeology field school at Alm shelter
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Centennial Farm and Ranch

"Owned and operated by the same family for over 100 years"

The Wyoming Centennial Farm and Ranch program will annually honor families that have owned and operated the same farm or ranch for 100 years or more. The Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office re-established the program in 2006.

Mary Hopkins
State Historic Preservation Officer

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