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About Archaeology Records

The Antiquities Section at the Utah Division of State History is the primary repository for archaeological records for the State of Utah. We are mandated (State Code 9-8-304) to “collect and administer site survey and excavation records.” Archaeological site records managed by the Antiquities Section are protected under GRAMA and other federal laws and access is restricted to State permitted archaeologists.

The vast majority of our records are received via the SHPO consultative process. This process was established in the early 1980’s with earlier records conglomerated from a variety of sources including the University of Utah and land managing agencies. Most other land managing agencies in Utah also maintain archaeological records that pertain to their land. While we strive for a complete collection, we always recommend checking with the landowner for records that haven’t been submitted or are missing from our collection.

Our collection includes archaeological site forms and related archaeological reports. We only retain survey (Class II and III), excavation, and certain monitoring reports. Class I literature searches are not retained. We also have a significant digital dataset with associated archaeological tabular data, some scanned site forms, and a large GIS dataset. Due to the sensitive nature of our records, we are unable to share GIS data. Instead, we offer online access to view the dataset to State permitted archaeologists only. Our onsite paper records have the same access requirements and are available by appointment only.

If you are a State permitted archaeologist and require access please contact a staff member at archrecords@utah.gov. If you are an archaeologist and do not have a permit, you can apply here.  If you are not an archaeologist we recommend you contact the landowner concerning the resources you are interested in.