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September is Archaeology Awareness Month!

Join us for a day of family fun celebrating and learning about archaeology!

Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources is hosting an Archaeology Fair to coincide with Wyoming Archaeology Month. This event—to be held at the Territorial Prison State Historic Site in Laramie on September 9, 2017 from 10AM to 3 PM—will showcase Wyoming’s rich cultural heritage from prehistory to the present day.

The fair will provide a fun hands-on learning experience for all ages. Planned events include:

  • Flint knapping
  • Atlatl throwing
  • Pottery making demonstrations
  • Hide painting
  • Cordage making
  • Soapstone carving
  • ...And more.

The fair will feature:

  • Michael “Badhand” Terry
  • Plains Indian Historian/Lecturer/Author
  • the Wind River Dancers who will perform a variety of American Indian dance styles
  • Willie LeClair, Native American storyteller
  • David Osmundsen demonstrating traditional 19th century blacksmithing



Attendees will have an opportunity to meet local archaeologists, ask questions, find answers, and get “hands-on” with these experts.

This event is free and open to the public.

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New Insights on the Nazca Lines of Ancient Peru

Download the Archaeology Month Lecture flyer PDF Document

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

The University of Wyoming archaeology field school at Alm shelter in the Bighorns

WAAM Posters

Click here for information on the 2017 poster and Wyoming Archaeology Awareness Month.

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Dedication Photos & Video

Click here to download Ames Monument Dedication Packet & to view Ames Monument Dedication Ceremony Photos

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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