Arizona Antiquities Act Permits

Holiday Scheduling in the Arizona Antiquities Act Permits Office

The Permits Office (PO) is closed to the public 12/21/2020 through 1/1/2021. Please see below for scheduling information for specific services offered by staff in the PO.

Cultural Resources Summary Letters for Non-archaeologists
The queue for Cultural Resources Summary Letters for Non-archaeologists is full for 2020. Normal scheduling for this service will resume after 1/4/2020.

AAA Permits Project-specific Permits
To ensure project-specific permit delivery before 12/21/2020, quotes must be approved, invoices paid, and key forms received by 11/20/2020. After that, permit applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may require delivery after 1/4/2020.

Please note:

  • 5-day expedited permit turnaround times is not available between 11/5/2020 and 2/1/2020. After 2/1/2020, expedite requests will continue to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. • 6 to 10-day expedited permit turnaround times will continue to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis until 11/30/2020. This type of expedite will be generally unavailable between 12/1/2020 and 1/1/2021.
  • Due to pandemic-related mail delays, AAA project-specific permit applications may be submitted electronically to initiate ASM review; however, original, signed applications must still be submitted in hard copy format for our records. Hard copies must be received by ASM within 30 days of permit issuance, or the permit will be voided.
  • Permit applications must be signed by an approved Principal Investigator (PI) to be listed on the permit.

AAA Permits Project-specific Permits
To ensure receipt of a 2021 AAA Blanket Permit by 12/31/2020, all applications must be received in hard copy format by 12/1/2020.

Please note:

  • Submissions must be received on the most up-to-date blanket permit application, which can be found here: https://statemuseum.arizona.edu/crm/document/aaa-blanket-permit-app • Due to pandemic-related mail delays, AAA blanket permit applications may be submitted electronically to initiate ASM review; however, original, signed applications must still be submitted in hard copy format for our records. Hard copies must be received by ASM within 30 days of permit issuance, or the permit will be voided.
  • Permit applications must be signed by an approved Principal Investigator (PI) to be listed on the permit. • Considering the volume of applications received during the typical renewal periods, we do not recommend submitting new Project Directors (PD’s) and/or PI’s for review unless your firm has no other staff available to fill these required positions. • Please do not submit a quote request via the ASM Request Quote for Services website for a 2021 AAA Blanket Permit unless a PD or PI that has not been reviewed is being added to the permit.
  • Blanket permit applications received after 12/1/2020 (electronically or hard copy) will not be reviewed until after 1/4/2021.

Please mail hard copy signed permit applications to:

Arizona Antiquities Act Administrator
Archaeological Permits Office
Arizona State Museum / University of Arizona
PO Box 210026
Tucson, AZ 85721-0026

Electronic copies of applications may be emailed to Shannon Twilling at twilling@email.arizona.edu

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 (ASM) before conducting survey or excavation on state lands (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 its responsibilities, the ASM Permits Office handles:

  • Reports of archaeological or paleontological discoveries on state land.
  • Submission of AAA permit applications.
  • Review of treatment plans and reports conducted under AAA project-specific permits.
  • Review of prospective Principal Investigators (PI) and Project Directors (PD) for listing on AAA permits.
  • Archaeological or paleontological site definition inquiries.
  • Submission of final documents for projects conducted under AAA project-specific permits that are curated at repositories other than at the Arizona State Museum (ASM).
  • Cultural Resources Summary Letters.

Private land developers required by agencies to review ASM’s archaeological records for cultural resources may request a Cultural Resources Summary Letter by completing and submitting the request form

A list of professional consultants that hold a current Arizona Antiquities Act permit may be found here. 

All requests for service from the ASM Permits Office start by using the ASM Request Quote for Services website found at: https://uavpr.arizona.edu/ASM/quoterequest. Please note that in addition to filling out the form on the quote request website, forms and additional backup documentation are required for all services. Links to forms, form instructions, and other guidance documents may be found here

Contact
Shannon Twilling
Arizona Antiquities Act Administrator
Archaeological Permits Office
Arizona State Museum / University of Arizona
PO Box 210026
Tucson, AZ 85721-0026
twilling@email.arizona.edu
520-621-4795