Cultural Resources Management Services

    Pursuant to the Arizona Antiquities Act (AAA; A.R.S. § 41-841 et seq.), the Arizona State Museum (ASM) administers the preservation of archaeological and paleontological discoveries on state lands in Arizona. State land is defined as land 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. 

    Among ASM's state-mandated responsibilities:

    • ASM maintains site records in the Archaeological Records Office (ARO), curates archaeological collections in the Archaeological Repository, and project reports and records in ASM's library and archives under terms of the Arizona Antiquities Act.
    • ASM's Permits Office issues permits for archaeological and paleontological surveys and excavations conducted on state land.
    • ASM's State Repatriation Office oversees the discovery and repatriation of human remains discovered on state (A.R.S. § 41-844) and private (A.R.S. § 41-865) land in Arizona.

    The Cultural Resources Management Services web pages provide information on all aspects of the museum's state-mandated responsibilities and provides access to electronic documents, forms, and hyperlinks to key references. All service requests must be through the ASM Request Quote for Services website found at:

    • Report archaeological and paleontological discoveries by email or phone at 520-621-2096.
    • Report human remains discoveries by email or by phone at 520-626-2950.

    Archaeological consultants – A list of archaeological consultants that can assist in complying with state and private land laws for state in Arizona.

    Important Year-End Information

    • ASM's Mandated Programs Offices will be closed from 12/21/18 through 1/1/2019.
    • Expedited ASM services are generally unavailable between 11/23/2018 and 1/4/2019. Expedited service availability starts again on 1/7/2019.
    • Records Research requests for archaeologists are processed in the order in which the jobs are paid. Depending on volume, it may not be possible to complete your request before the end of 2018. If receipt of Records Research results is time-sensitive, please indicate this on the quote request and wait for ARO staff to contact you regarding timelines.
    • The ARO is open for professional archaeologists to conduct Records Research until 12/19/2018. Please contact Christina Jenkins ( to schedule an appointment. Appointments are generally available between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday.
    • Any ASM services for which the intent is to receive key deliverables by 12/21/2018 must be requested through the online quote site no later than midnight on 12/09/18.
    • Quotes must be approved, invoices paid, and key forms received before 12/12/18 to ensure processing happens before 2019.
    • Routine service schedules resume on 1/2/2019.
    • End-of-the-year processing constraints and deadlines for burial agreements should be addressed directly to Cristin Lucas (
    • During university closure, 12/21/2018 through 1/2/2018, please continue to email Notification of Intent (NOI) forms to Christina Jenkins ( No acknowledgement or other approval of this notification is required for work to begin.
    • Continue to report the discovery of human remains or intent to disturb human remains to Cristin Lucas by email ( or by phone at 520-626-2950.
    • Continue to report archaeological and paleontological discoveries to Shannon Twilling by email ( or by phone at 520-621-2096.

    Routine Office Hours