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Preservation Pro FAQ

Preservation Pro provides online access to historic buildings records and certain archaeology records managed by the Utah Division of State History.  Information below concerns only the archaeological data.  If you have questions concerning historic buildings data please email Preservation Pro admin.

Due to the protected nature of the archaeology records access through Preservation Pro, a State of Utah Archaeological Permit administered by PLPCO is required for access.  A subscription fee, to help cover hosting and maintenance costs, is required annually.  Preservation Pro is a work in progress and currently provides access to basic data concerning archaeological sites and related archaeological projects in Utah

There are several components to Preservation Pro data.  First is geospatial data, which is viewable only.  For over two decades Records Staff has been collecting and updating geospatial data concerning archaeological sites and related archaeological projects.  We do not provide the ability to download geospatial data.  Preservation Pro allows users to view and generate a list of archaeological sites and projects directly in their project area.

Second, Preservation Pro provides access to basic tabular data concerning archaeological sites.  This tabular data is the result of several decades of IMACS encoded data submitted by archaeologists.  We acknowledge much of the tabular data collected has minimal cultural resource management use and are exploring new solutions to collect more pertinent data.

In addition to site tabular data we are in the process of scanning our archaeological site records.   In April 2013 we finalized a project allowing access to currently scanned site forms from Preservation Pro.  Only certain counties have been scanned.  Please inquire at archrecords@utah.gov for more information.

Finally, Records collects basic bibliographic information concerning archaeological project reports.  Starting in 2012 full titles and authors are being collected in addition to the basic project data (e.g. survey acreage; project name, etc.) previously collected for reported received over the past two decades.

If you have further questions please review our FAQ below.  If your question is not answered please contact staff at archrecords@utah.gov.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q:  Can the public access archaeological data in Preservation Pro?

A:  No.  Archaeological data contained in Preservation Pro is restricted to permitted archaeologists.  Access to non-restricted data can be found here: http://historicbuildings.utah.gov/


Q:  I’m an archaeologist permitted by PLPCO- how to I gain access to Preservation Pro?

A:  Access is a two step process.  First, contact records staff (archrecords@utah.gov) for a user application.  You’ll need to provide your PLPCO permit number.  Complete the application and return to staff for review.  Second, once approved you’ll need to pay the fee.  Once approval and payment are made, staff will setup your account.


Q:  Is there a fee for Preservation Pro?

A:  Yes.  There is a fee which helps cover site maintenance costs associated with the application.  The fee is collected by our parent agency, Department of Heritage and Arts, and runs on the State fiscal year (July 1- June 30th).  Unfortunately we are unable to prorate.  For fee schedule information please contact staff.


Q:  Can I download GIS data from Preservation Pro?

A:  No.  Due to interpretation of State law and internal policy we are unable to allow downloading of GIS data to Preservation Pro users.  Spatial data is viewable only.


Q:  Can I complete a full archaeological literature search via Preservation Pro?

A:  The Antiquities Section does not have requirements on what constitutes a complete file search.  Please check with your landowner or contract-holder concerning such requirements.  Preservation Pro can be a significant component of your literature search.  But it’s full applicability will depend on your search location, availability of scans, and your landowner’s requirements.


Q:  Can I share Preservation Pro passwords?

A:  No.  Password sharing is strictly forbidden and can result in termination of your account.