Wyoming Archaeology Awareness Month (WAAM) is celebrated annually in September. 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 keystones of WAAM include the Wyoming Archaeology Fair, the George C. Frison Institute Speaker, and the Wyoming Archaeology Month Poster.
Join us for a day of family fun celebrating and learning about archaeology! Meet local archaeologists, ask questions, find answers, and get “hands-on” with these experts.
The 5th annual Wyoming Archaeology Fair will be held on September 7, 2019 from 10 AM to 3 PM at the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site in Laramie. The fair will showcase Wyoming’s rich cultural heritage from prehistory to the present day and will provide a unique and fun hands-on learning experience for all ages. Attendees are invited to try their hand at flint knapping, atlatl throwing, pottery making, and historic games as well as hide painting, cordage making, soapstone carving and more.
The fair will feature the Wind River Dancers who will perform a variety of American Indian dance styles; Michael “Badhand” Terry, Plains Indian Historian/Lecturer/Author; Willie LeClair, Native American storyteller; and David Osmundsen who will demonstrate traditional 19th century blacksmithing. The fair is free and open to the public.
Every September the George C. Frison Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology in partnership with the Wyoming Association of Professional Archaeologists, and the State Historic Preservation Office sponsor a public lecture at the University of Wyoming. The lecture is held near the end of September and features a prominent archaeologist discussing their recent archaeological research. Lecture topics are geared towards a general audience and free and open to the public.
For more information on the Frison Institute or the Lecture series click here.
The University of Wyoming Archaeological Repository (UWAR) constructs an exhibit for the public during Archaeology Awareness Month using items from its collections. The display highlights and demonstrates the site, theme, or topic on the Archaeology Awareness Month poster. Located in Cheyenne in the lobby of the Barrett Building outside the entryway to the State Museum, the UWAR exhibit is available for viewing for an entire year
The annual WAAM poster is produced by Judy Wolf of the State Historic Preservation Office and 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.
Wyoming Archaeology Awareness Month posters are available free of charge and may be picked up at:
State Historic Preservation Office Barrett Building, 3rd floor
2301 Central Ave. In Cheyenne
Anthropology Building 12th and Lewis
Limit one poster per person. Posters produced between 2007 through 2015 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 2015 and 2014 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