Archaeology Awareness Month

Legend Rock Special Exhibit. Click image to enlarge
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1973, Legend Rock is featured on this year’s Wyoming Archaeology Awareness Month Poster. The Site is also the subject of a special exhibit on display in the lobby of the Barrett Building through October. Through the cooperative effort of nearly every program within the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources, the exhibit in essence brings Legend Rock to Cheyenne. Information provided on replicas of interpretive panels from the Legend Rock Visitor Center, as well as stone tools and animal bones from the site provided by the University of Wyoming Archaeological Repository, part of the Office of the Wyoming State Archaeologist, allows the visitor a chance to gain as much knowledge of the site as possible without actually being there. Staff members from the Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails; State Historic Preservation Office; the Office of the Wyoming State Archaeologist; State Museum; State Archives and the Department’s Public Information Office all were involved in the putting the exhibit together. The BLM also provided a series of panoramic photos showing the entire cliff face. Radiocarbon dating of several panels at the site suggests the petroglyphs were created between 200 and 11,000 years ago which indicates Legend Rock was a popular destination for an extended period of time.

Signing of the Governor's Proclamation
Governor Mead signs the 2013 Wyoming
Archaeology Awareness Month proclamation.
Click here for larger image.
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. September 2013 will mark the 21th anniversary of archaeology awareness promotion in Wyoming.

Read the Proclamation PDF Document

WAAM Posters

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 to announce Wyoming Archaeology Awareness Month. 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.

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 2013 are still available.

If you would like a poster mailed to you, a $10.00 charge is necessary to cover mailing costs. Please add $2.00 for each additional poster requested. For example, if you wish to receive the 2014 and 2013 posters, the mailing charge is $12.00. Send your request along with a check or money order payable to “Wyoming Archaeology Month” and your name and mailing address to: Judy Wolf, State Historic Preservation Office, Dept. 3431, 1000 E. University Ave., Laramie, WY 82071.

2014 ArchaeologyWear
2013 Wyoming Archaeology Wear. Click to enlarge

Wyoming Archaeology Wear

Proceeds from the sale of Wyoming Archaeology Wear items benefit Wyoming Archaeology Awareness Month activities.

2014 Tee Shirt Order Form PDF Document

Department of State Parks & Cultural Resources