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How to Receive Archaeological State Project Numbers

Most state and federal agencies in Utah require a State Project Number be assigned to a project prior to on-the-ground work being started. This is a statewide, cross-agency number that helps State History, and our partners, manage and track archaeological reports generated by fieldwork in Utah.

**** Important: Project numbers will only be assigned to projects led by an individual with a PLPCO archaeological permit. Read more here.


Project Numbers are obtained prior to fieldwork and can be received by contacting the Archaeology Records staff at archrecords@utah.gov.  The following pertinent information will be required:

  • Organization name
  • Project title (or we prefer the report title if known at the time)
  • Principal investigator’s name (including PLPCO permit number)
  • Field supervisor’s name
  • Counties involved
  • Landowner status (e.g. private; state; BLM; county; etc).

Project numbers are assigned to the following:

  • Archaeological surveys (class II and III)
  • Monitoring projects with discoveries.
  • Excavations or testing.
  • Site recordings where a report is generated.

Project numbers are not assigned to the following:

  • Class I literature searches
  • Monitoring projects without discoveries.
  • Site recordings where a report is not generated.

New project numbers must be requested for addendum reports. This assures we know whether an addendum does or should exist for an existing report.