**Media Advisory** Hell Gap Dedication

Posted: Friday, July 14, 2017
Contact: Judy Wolf
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To: Wyoming Media

What: Dedication designating Hall Gap as national historic landmark

Where: Hell Gap Site, 13 miles north of Guernsey

When: July 22, 10 a.m.

**This invitation is to media only. Although the public will not be restricted from attending, due to space limitations, we are not actively inviting the public to the dedication.

A dedication designating Hell Gap as Wyoming’s 27th national historic landmark is scheduled for July 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the site located approximately 13 miles north of Guernsey off Hwy 270.

Ribbon cutting and dedication will take place at 11 a.m. followed by lunch.

Hell Gap is recognized for its contribution to the knowledge of the earliest people of North America.

The site was discovered in the 1950s and investigated by the Peabody Museum and University of Wyoming. The property is owned and managed by the Wyoming Archaeological Foundation.

The Hell Gap site contains evidence of repeated occupations by nine Paleo-Indian cultural complexes in well-stratified deposits. To date, no other excavated place in North America contains a record that includes all of the cultural complexes known on the plains spanning from between 13,000 and 8,500 years ago.

Since its discovery and initial investigation, Hell Gap has been associated with cutting-edge research in the field of Paleo-Indian archaeology. Dr. George Frison, Dr. Marcel Kornfeld and Dr. Mary Lou Larson of the University of Wyoming have been the principal investigators of the site for the past 20 years.

For directions to the site email Judy Wolf at judy.wolf@wyo.gov.

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