Gov. Mead proclaims September Wyoming Archaeology Awareness Month

Citing archaeological artifacts as an enduring bond between past and present in the fabric of modern society, Governor Matt Mead proclaimed September as Wyoming Archaeology Awareness Month during a brief ceremony at the Capitol.

Gov. Mead was joined during the proclamation signing by members of the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office, the Office of the Wyoming State Archaeologist, the University of Wyoming, and members of the Wyoming Archaeological Society.

During the ceremony, Gov. Mead was presented with a framed copy of this year’s poster which features the art of Cadzi Cody, an Eastern Shoshone, who recorded many traditional activities in hide paintings rendered more than a century ago.

The WAAM celebration includes the 13th Annual George C. Frison Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology sponsored lecture by Mary Stiner, who will discuss the late Lower Paleolithic (400,000-200,000 years ago) animal remains of Qesem Cave in Israel.

The lecture is at 3:10 p.m., September 22 in the University of Wyoming Ag Auditorium.

Stiner is a professor in the Department of Anthropology and curator of Zooarchaeology at the Arizona State Museum of the University of Arizona.

The 2011 WAAM 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.

The 2011 WAAM t-shirts, caps, and tote bags featuring a design inspired by the Cadzi Cody hide painting are available at the State Museum Store in Cheyenne, or via

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 $23. Add $1.50 for size 2XL. Caps are available for $15 and chef’s aprons for $20.  Proceeds benefit WAAM activities.

For more information about WAAM, please visit

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