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Protect Utah’s Archaeology

vandalized rock artVandalized Ute pictographs in Sego Canyon

Utah’s archaeological past is in danger.

The danger comes from people who deliberately damage, destroy, or steal from ruins and rock art. Many people are looting sites and putting what belongs to the public—to all of us—up for sale.

The danger also comes from people who visit sites and unintentionally do damage.

You can have a significant part in preserving Utah’s archaeology for future generations.

Act responsibly when you visit sites.

Report looters and vandals whenever you see someone damaging a site.

Provide public comment to agencies whose projects are affecting archaeological resources.

Common questions about protecting archaeology.

Join Passport in Time (PIT), a volunteer archaeology and historic preservation program of the US Forest Service (FS). PIT volunteers work with professional FS archaeologists and historians on national forests throughout the U.S. on such diverse activities as archaeological survey and excavation, rock art restoration, survey, archival research, historic structure restoration, oral history gathering, and analysis and curation of artifacts. The FS professional staff of archaeologists and historians will be your hosts, guides, and co-workers.