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 (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: 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

To ensure receipt of a 2020 Arizona Antiquities Act Blanket Permit by 1/1/2020, all applications must be received in hard copy format by 12/1/2019.

Please note:

  • Submissions must be received on the most up-to-date blanket permit application, which can be found here:
  • All permit applications must be submitted in hard copy format with an original signature.
  • Considering the volume of applications received during the typical renewal periods, we do not recommend submitting new Project Directors (PD’s) and/or Principal Investigators (PI’s) for review unless your firm has no other staff available to fill these required positions.
  • Do not request a 2020 AAA Blanket Permit renewal through the ASM Request Quote for Services website unless a PD/PI review is being added.
  • Permit applications received after 12/1/2019 will not be reviewed until after 1/2/2020.

Please mail signed applications to:

Shannon Twilling
Archaeological Permits Office
Arizona State Museum / University of Arizona
1013 E. University Blvd / PO Box 210026
Tucson, AZ 85721-0026

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