The Antiquities Section of the Utah Division of State History maintains a master dataset of linear archaeological sites in the State of Utah. Guidelines and information on the recording of linear archaeological sites in Utah can be found at the Utah Professional Archaeology Council’s (UPAC) website. The Utah State Historic Preservation Office (UTSHPO) has endorsed these guidelines.
The master list is now managed through Preservation Pro. Linear site names can simply be queried through the system by “Filtering by Site Name” in the Sites tab. This query box searches the “site name” field within the database and wildcards are automatically entered. It is occasionally wise to be creative in your query as your spelling or name construction may not match the text held in the database and limit your results. Linear site names are collected from a variety of sources which may contribute to name inconsistencies.
If you do not have access to Preservation Pro, or if you need assistance with your search, please contact Archaeology Records.
Additional Information on Linear Site Records
- If you need to request Smithsonian site numbers for a linear site please follow the instructions here. Please include the name of the linear resource in the request.
- Although a site number may have been assigned to a linear site, we may not yet have a copy of a site form associated with the site. If we do have a copy of a site form associated with the linear site, it is possible (or likely) that the form does not directly record the segment you are particularly interested in.
- A complete archaeological literature search may not turn up all linear sites found within your prescribed area. Although a number may be assigned to a linear site within your project area, if a segment of the resource has not been directly recorded in your area it will not turn up spatially in your search. Please consult the UPAC linear sites guidelines to ensure all linear resources are properly assessed.
- We do not assign segment numbers to linear site numbers (e.g. 42TO1077.3, 42TO1077.4). When completing a site form for a segment of a linear site, the site number should be listed with the Smithsonian trinomial first, followed by “segment” (e.g. “42TO1077 segment”, not “42TO1077 segment 2”) with no segment number defining notation following. Segment numbers are relative and arbitrary assignments not assigned by Antiquities.
- The names provided in Preservation Pro are names provided by the archaeologist recording the resource. Beyond the SHPO consultation process, Antiquities does not have the time or resources to check the accuracy of the names or the other recording issues beyond what was reported by the field archaeologist.
- Most linear site recordings take place in conjunction with the field archaeologist, the land managing agency, the State Historic Preservation Officer, and the linear sites guidelines. The Antiquities Records staff is usually unable to assist in defining linear site definition, site scope, or other site recording issues. Please consult with the online resources or individuals listed above.
- Consult with your land managing agency for additional specifics pertaining to linear resources occurring on their land.
- Antiquities makes no warranty or guarantee as to the content, accuracy, timeliness, or completeness of any of the data provided, and assumes no legal responsibility for the information contained in these data reports. Information sources should be consulted for verification of the information contained in these data reports. Please notify records staff of any discrepancies- but again, as noted earlier, we do not have the resources to check the accuracy of names beyond what is reported by the field archaeologist.