Repatriation Office

Arizona State Museum administers the protection, respectful treatment, and repatriation of human remains encountered on state and private land in Arizona (ARS § 41-844 and § 41-865, respectively). 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.

Among its responsibilities, the Repatriation Office oversees:

  • Disturbances of human remains on state (ARS § 41-844) and private (ARS § 41-865) land in Arizona and their repatriation.
  • Burial Discovery Agreements for planned projects when there is reasonable expectation that human remains may be encountered.
  • Reports on the inadvertent disturbance of human remains.
  • Consultations regarding human remains disturbances.

Non-urgent questions or other guidance about state repatriation should be directed to Cristin Lucas ( or 520-626-2950). Reports on inadvertent disturbances of human remains can be made to the Repatriation Office at or 520-626-0320.

All requests for service from the ASM Repatriation Office use the ASM Request Quote for Services website 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

A list of private consultants that may be able to assist in complying with state laws may be found here.

For information about federal consultation, visit the Government-to-Government Consultation Toolkit. Please note, the information in the toolkit does not supersede consultation under state law. 

Private Land Requirements

Private landowners, including any partnership or corporation thereof, must comply with state law (A.R.S. § 41-865) regarding the disturbance of human remains. Private Land Requirements.


Cristin Lucas, M.A.
Assistant Repatriation Coordinator

Arizona State Museum / University of Arizona
P.O. Box 210026
Tucson, AZ  85721-0026