Arizona Antiquities Act Permits

Archaeologists and paleontologists must qualify for and then obtain an Arizona Antiquities Act (AAA) Blanket Permit or Project-specific Permit from the Arizona State Museum before conducting survey or excavation on state lands.

State lands means lands owned or controlled by the State of Arizona or by any agency, instrumentality, or political subdivision of the State of Arizona, including any county or municipal corporation.

The Permits Office reviews permit applications and supporting documentation; qualifications of applicants, Principal Investigators, and Project Directors; and reports of work conducted under AAA Project-specific Permits.

The Permits Office also researches ASM’s site records for nonprofessional archaeologists. Results of the research are provided in a Cultural Resources Summary Letter.

NOTICE: To receive a 2017 blanket permit before January 1, 2017, a permit application must be submitted between November 14, 2016 and November 18, 2016. Any application received prior to November 14, 2016 will be discarded. Any application received after November 18, 2016 will be processed beginning January 3, 2017. Applications must be hard copies. Applications received by email will be deleted. (DATE POSTED: 9/24/2016)