Wyoming Arts Council

Wyoming celebrates September's Archaeology Awareness Month with new poster, events


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This news comes from our colleagues in Archaeology. We love the poster — it’s a work of art:

Citing the importance of Wyoming’s cultural landscapes and the part they play in the state’s heritage and collective identity, Governor Matt Mead proclaimed September, Wyoming Archaeology Awareness Month (WAAM).

September’s WAAM celebration will include the 17th Annual George C. Frison Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology sponsored lecture titled “A Millennium on the Meridian: One Thousand Years of Political and Ritual Power in the Ancient Southwest” by Dr. Stephen H. Lekson of the University of Colorado.

Dr. Lekson’s lecture will take place in the University of Wyoming Ag Auditorium, September 18 at 4 p.m. A reception will follow in the Department of Anthropology foyer.

Also this year, an archaeology fair will be held at the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site in Laramie on September 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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.

Planned events include flint knapping, atlatl throwing, and pottery making demonstrations, as well as hide painting, cordage making, soapstone carving and more.

The centerpiece of WAAM is a poster produced every year. It is distributed statewide, nationally, and internationally to more than 5,000 people and organizations to commemorate Wyoming Archaeology Awareness Month.

The 2015 WAAM poster highlights the Boar’s Tusk, located in Wyoming’s Red Desert.

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 $10 charge to cover mailing costs. Limit one poster per person. 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, Wyoming Archaeology Month, Dept. 3431, 1000 E. University Ave., Laramie, WY 82071.

WAAM 2015 t-shirts and caps are available via http://wyoshpo.state.wy.us/pdf/Archaeologyt-shirtorderform2015.pdf.  Short-sleeved shirts are available at a cost of $16. Shirts in sizes 2XL are available for an additional $1.50. Long-sleeved shirts are available for $24. Add $1.50 for size 2XL. Caps are available for $16.  Proceeds benefit WAAM activities.


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