Archaeology Awareness Month

WAAM Posters

Celebrated annually in September, Wyoming Archaeology Awareness Month (WAAM) consists of a series of statewide activities and programs devoted to discussing archaeological issues and to educating the public about the importance of preserving and protecting Wyoming’s archaeological heritage. The centerpiece of WAAM is the poster we produce every year. It is distributed statewide, nationally, and internationally to more than 5,000 people and organizations. Wyoming posters have been honored with numerous awards in the State Archaeology Week Poster Contest sponsored by the Society for American Archaeology’s Public Education Committee and Council of Affiliated Societies.

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View our award winning posters.

Wyoming Archaeology Awareness Month posters are available free of charge and may be picked up at:

In Cheyenne
State Historic Preservation Office Barrett Building, 3rd floor
2301 Central Ave.

In Laramie
Anthropology Building 12th and Lewis
Room 312.

Limit one poster per person. Posters produced between 2007 through 2017 are available.

If you would like a poster mailed to you, a $12.00 charge is necessary to cover mailing costs. Please add $2.00 for each additional poster requested. For example, if you wish to receive the 2017 and 2016 posters, the mailing charge is $14.00.

Send your request along with a check or money order payable to “Wyoming Archaeology Month” and your name and mailing address to:

ATTN: Judy Wolf
State Historic Preservation Office
Dept. 3431, 1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071

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.

2017 Tee Shirt Order Form PDF Document

Archaeology Fair



The Archaeology Fair is held annually in September. The next one is tentatively scheduled for Sep 8, 2018 at the Wyo. Territorial Prison. Please contact the WTP at 307-745-3733 with any questions

Governor Matt Mead proclaimed September to be Wyoming Archaeology Awareness Month at an event held at the Kendrick Gallery Conference Room in Cheyenne.


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