State Mandated Programs

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, and issues AAA Permits for archaeological and paleontological surveys and excavations conducted on state lands. These state-mandated responsibilities are managed through ASM’s AAA Permits Office.

In addition, ASM’s State Repatriation Office oversees the discovery and repatriation of human remains discovered on state and private lands in Arizona (A.R.S. § 41-844 and A.R.S. § 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.

Under terms of the AAA, ASM maintains site records in the Archaeological Records Office and curates archaeological collections in the Archaeological Repository. ASM's library and archives also curate project reports and records.

ASM’s Cultural Resources Services webpages provide information on all aspects of its state-mandated responsibilities through associated hyperlinks and access to electronic documents and forms. Guidance on identifying appropriate ASM contacts can be found here.  

  • Report archaeological and paleontological discoveries by email or phone at 520-621-2096.
  • Report human remains discoveries to Claire Barker ( AND Cristin Lucas ( Please also phone us at 520-626-0320.
  • Archaeological consultants – A list of archaeological consultants that can assist in complying with state and private land laws for state in Arizona.

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