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UPAC Annual Meeting

Posted by UPAC on January 19, 2016 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (18)

Save the date!

The Utah Professional Archaeological Council annual meeting will be held on March 4th & 5th at the Rio Grande in Salt Lake City.  We are currently accepting paper and poster abstracts until February 5th, please email Jody Patterson (jpatterson@montarch.com) with submissions.  The schedule and agenda are in the works so check back often for more information.  Look forward to seeing everyone there!


UPAC Elections

Posted by UPAC on April 15, 2015 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Good Morning,


Please take a moment to cast your ballot for UPAC VP Government Affairs, Secretary, Media Coordinator, and Journal Editor at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PK25QHR (copy and paste link)

If you have any issues with the ballot or any questions please don't hesitate to contact myself or another member of the current executive committee. The winners will be announced April 27th.








Laurel H. Glidden


Fuels Archaeologist
Utah Cultural Data Representative
BLM Utah - Color Country District


2015 Meeting Schedule Now Available

Posted by UPAC on March 10, 2015 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The meeting schedule for the upcoming March 2015 meeting has been posted!  Visit here for more details.

Please Review the New Utah Archaeology Site Form

Posted by UPAC on January 21, 2015 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (4)


UPAC members,

As you may be aware, for the past year many state and federal agencies have been engaged in revising the archaeological site recording system in Utah. After consultation with the archaeological community, a final draft version has been completed and is posted on the Utah Professional Archaeological Council (UPAC) website (posted below).

A separate (but connected) project developing an electronic site form generator and wireless application is also underway.

The agencies are now soliciting comments on the final draft through March 15th. Be aware that the manual has not yet been formatted, so that headings, font, indentation, etc., will not be completed until the final version.

Should you have questions about the project please contact David Yoder (davidyoder@utah.gov or 801-537-9014


David T. Yoder
Utah Governor's Public Lands Policy Coordination Office


Final draft for the new site forms available for review.

BLM & Tread Lightly Survey on looting/vandalmism

Posted by UPAC on December 18, 2014 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)


Greetings, Friends, Colleagues, and Stakeholders of Utah's Archaeological and Paleontological Resources,


I am very pleased to announce a new partnership between BLM-Utah and Tread Lightly! to develop a public outreach campaign that aims to eliminate the looting and vandalism of archaeological and paleontological resources in Utah. As I'm sure you're aware, there have been numerous media stories regarding the looting and vandalism of these resources in Utah that have made international headlines, and BLM-Utah has decided to develop a proactive and positive message about these illegal behaviors. This effort will eventually be incorporated into Tread Lightly!'s existing “Respected Access is Open Access” public outreach campaign, which reaches an estimated 10 million people each year. I am now inviting you and your respective organizations to join this exciting partnership. I truly believe the public outreach campaign's messages will be more powerful if we all speak with one voice regarding the responsible enjoyment of archaeological and paleontological resources.


To kick things off, I am asking you and your respective organizations to please take 10 minutes to complete an online survey that will assist us identifying which particular behaviors and issues you believe the public outreach campaign should focus on. The survey can be accessed at the below link through January 31, 2015. I also encourage you to pass this information and link along to your friends and colleagues who may also be interested in participating in the survey.




Once the survey results are compiled, BLM-Utah and Tread Lightly! will be reaching out to those stakeholders who have expressed an interest in participating in the development and implementation of the outreach campaign for a partnership kick-off meeting sometime in early 2015. If you need any additional information or have any questions about this public outreach campaign, I encourage you to contact the partnership's primary points of contact listed below:


Aaron Curtis

Branch Chief for Outdoor and Heritage Resources

BLM Utah State Office

(801) 539-4225



Dianne Olson

Assistant Director

Tread Lightly!, Inc.

(801) 627-0077 ext 13



I appreciate any and all support you and your organizations may be willing to provide to help us protect and celebrate America's cultural and natural heritage.




Juan Palma

State Director


New issue of UPAC Newsletter - Dec 2014

Posted by UPAC on December 18, 2014 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The latest issue of UPAC News has been published and is available for download

Some OPEN ACCESS articles possibly of interest to Utah Archaeologists

Posted by UPAC on October 29, 2014 at 12:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Some OPEN ACCESS articles possibly of interest to
Utah’s archaeologists – 2014



This is by no means a complete list of recent open access publications.  Please share your research!  






2014 USAS/UPAC Convention in Price, UT June 5-8

Posted by UPAC on May 7, 2014 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The Castle Valley Archaeological Society Invites You to the
2014 USAS/UPAC Convention in Price, UT
June 5th – 8th

CVAS hopes you will join us inPrice for the 2014 USAS/UPAC Convention. We are very excited to have you visit us.  Plan for a great time of presentations,workshops and tours!  This packet is tohelp guide you through all the events.  There are many different venues so make sureyou are in the right place at the right time.  All the tours have descriptionspertaining to location and physical demands to help plan the best trip for you.

We recommend that members make their motel or camping reservationsas soon as possible!!  There areother events taking place this weekend as well as heavy industrial use and youmay not find a room  if you wait.  Please avoid disappointment by making yourreservation now!  For your convenience, amap and list of hotels/campground sites will be provided.     

You will receive additionalinformation at registration, including literature about this travel region.  If you have any questions, there are contactslisted below.  We hope to see you inJune!

 NOTE:  If anyone would liketo donate items for the auction, please bring them along.  We thank those folks in advance for theirgenerous contributions.


Download the Registration Packet (PDF) for more information.

UPAC Elections

Posted by UPAC on May 7, 2014 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)


The ballot for the 2014 UPAC Executive Committee Elections has been finalized in Survey Monkey and is ready for voting at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LT2S8DL

Voting is limited to members in good standing (ie. thosewho paid their 2014 dues). So, if you haven’t already, please take a moment tore-new your membership prior to voting.

If there are any questions or concerns, please contact me directly.   


Mark Karpinski, M.A.,

Vice President of Membership and Ethics