The Wyoming Archaeology Fair takes place on September 9th at the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site in Laramie. The Fair aims to educate the public about Wyoming’s historic and prehistoric past as well as to raise awareness about issues related to the preservation and stewardship of the state’s archaeological resources all while providing a fun and educational experience. Throughout the day, attendees have the opportunity to meet local archaeologists, ask questions, find answers, and get “hands-on” with these experts. The event is free and open to the public.
Performances at the Fair have included the Wind River Dancers, Native American storytellers, and traditional 19th century blacksmithing demonstrations by David Osmundsen. We also have dozens of archaeologists from across Wyoming in attendance. These experts introduce the public to a range of activities including flint knapping, atlatl throwing, pottery making, hide painting, cordage making, soapstone carving activities, and more.