By law, impacts to historic, prehistoric, and archaeological resources must be taken into account prior to expending state funds or approving any undertaking on state lands. This evaluation often requires completion of archaeological surveys. Archaeological surveys and excavations on state lands must be completed under the supervision of a principal investigator permitted by PLPCO.
View a listing of permitted principal investigators.
Archaeological Survey and Excavation Permit forms are available in PDF, WordPerfect and MS Word format:
Please return the completed PDF, WordPerfect or Word form and supporting documentation to David Yoder at firstname.lastname@example.org or 5110 State Office Building , P.O. Box 141107 , Salt Lake City, UT 84114-1107. Applications will be reviewed over a 30-day period.
Each year multiple projects are conducted throughout the state, and usually involve either survey or excavation. During survey, crews of archaeologists methodically walk through an area looking for and recording sites and artifacts. During excavation, sites are systematically dug, mapped, and artifacts are collected. Most of these projects are in advance of private or public construction, or for federal or state agencies as part of their land management practices. As the permitting agency for archaeological work on state lands, PLPCO’s permitting process helps to assure a high level of expertise and scientific rigor in all of these investigations. The information gained through work on public lands helps us to better understand the prehistoric and historic populations in the region, and gives us a greater appreciation for our archaeological heritage.
The Ruby Pipeline, is an example of a recent project by a PLPCO permitted archaeologist.
See descriptions of other recent projects here.