September declared Wyoming Archaeology Awareness Month

Pictured with Gov. Mark Gordon is Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources Director Darin Westby, Deputy Director Sara Needles, Wyoming Archaeology Awareness Month State Coordinator Judy Wolf, Wyoming State Archaeologist Spencer Pelton, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer Brian Beadles. h/t WAAM photo.

(Cheyenne, WY) – In celebration of Wyoming’s rich cultural heritage, as well as the state’s first state archaeologist George C. Frison, Governor Mark Gordon proclaimed September as Wyoming Archaeology Awareness Month (WAAM).

Governor Gordon’s proclamation praised the WAAM celebration for actively engaging the public with Wyoming’s diverse archeological resources.            

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The centerpiece of WAAM is an annually produced award winning poster.

This year’s poster, “George Carr Frison, Rancher Archaeologist,” honors Frison’s “lifelong commitment to understanding and interpreting Wyoming’s 13,000 years on human history.”

Photograph of George Frison at the Colby Mammoth site, courtesy of the University of Wyoming Department of Anthropology. Bonebed plan map courtesy of Lawrence C. Todd and David J. Rapson. Graphic design by Mariko Design LLC/Elizabeth Ono Rahel.

Frison imparted his knowledge to several generations of Wyoming archaeologists as the first head of the University of Wyoming Department of Anthropology and Wyoming’s first state archaeologist.

He documented his scientific contributions in more than a dozen books and 100 scientific publications.

The poster is available free of charge, and may be picked up at the State Historic Preservation Office, Barrett Building, 2301 Central Avenue in Cheyenne, or in Laramie in the Anthropology Building located at 12th and Lewis, Room 312.

The posters are also available via mail with a $14 charge to cover mailing costs.

For more information on how to obtain posters and other WAAM apparel, click here.

The Archaeology Fair, which has grown in popularity, will be held September 25th, 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 provides and 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. Additionally, attendees will have an opportunity to meet local archaeologists, ask questions, find answers and get “hands-on” with these experts.

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