The Wyoming Archaeological Society

Wyoming Association of Professional Archaeologists

Keynote Speaker Sponsored by WAS 

This year we are very excited to have Dr. Kelly Graf as our Keynote Speaker after Saturday nights Banquet. Dr. Graf will be speaking about her work in the peopleings of the Americans research. An abstract for her talk is below. 

Traditionally, peopling of the Americas studies focused on questions of when and from where initial human migration to the Western Hemisphere took place. Researchers have argued for arrival as early as before the last glacial maximum (LGM) to as late as 14,000-13,000 years ago, coinciding with the origins of the Clovis archaeological tradition, and for a founding population from Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, or even Europe with people crossing the Bering Land Bridge, skirting the Pacific coasts, and/or boating across the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. New developments in ancient human genomic studies provide a framework for better understanding the tempo and geography of first peoples’ arrival. Documentation of several paleogenomes from late Pleistocene and early Holocene contexts indicate an initial migration from Siberia through Beringia to the Americas. Here, we will explore the archaeological record of Siberia and Beringia within a paleogenomics context to help fill in gaps in our understanding of the dispersal process to the Americas.

Sponsorships and Donations have been coming in and we are very grateful to everyone who has donated! There are still several sponsorship and donation opportunities available. For your sponsorship, you or your organization will be recognized as a conference sponsor in the conference program, on placards throughout the conference venue, in all conference advertising, and prominently at the particular activity or for the particular amenity you earmark. Please click the "Sponsor Opportunities" available above to donate! 


​​We are looking for volunteers to help man the registration table at the conference. The table will need to be manned on both Thursday afternoon (May 2nd) and all day Friday (May 3rd). We are hoping to organize volunteers into ~4 hr time slots and figure we need somewhere between 10 and 15 volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering please fill out the volunteer form linked here. If you have any questions about volunteering please email our Vice President McKenna Litynski ( ). Once we have a handle on how many volunteers we have, we will be in contact with more information.  

2024 Joint Spring Meeting with Wyoming Archaeological Society and Rocky Mountain Anthropological Association 


Thursday May 2nd - Sunday May 5th 

UW Conference Center

Laramie, WY 

All your conference information needs are located at the above link.