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Department of Anthropology

Marcia Peterson
Wyoming Assistant State Archaeologist

BA 1995, Virginia Tech
JD 1998, University of Wyoming College of Law
BA 2003, University of Wyoming
MA 2007, Washington State University  307-766-5565  Anthropology 216

 Marcia Peterson became the Assistant Wyoming State Archaeologist in June 2015 and holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wyoming.  She has Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Anthropology, a Juris Doctor from the University of Wyoming College of Law, and a Master of Arts in Anthropology from Washington State University.  Marcia has conducted research and fieldwork throughout the Rocky Mountains, High Plains, and Great Basin for over 14 years.  Her research interests include high elevation and ice patch archaeology, geoarchaeology, palynology, and macrobotanical studies.  Currently, her work focuses on high elevation and ice patch archaeology in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest and Grand Teton National Park.

 As the Assistant State Archaeologist, Marcia is responsible for archaeological research, public outreach, publications, and collections management pursuant to Wyoming Statute § 36-4-106(d).  Her primary goal is to educate the public about Wyoming’s abundant and diverse cultural resources because she believes this is the best way to insure their continued preservation and protection.


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