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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.

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


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!  






Agenda for the Feb 2013 UPAC meeting now available

Posted by UPAC on February 5, 2013 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The semiannual meeting page has been updated to show business meeting agenda items and paper topics and abstracts.  An email with this information was also sent to the YahooGroups distribution list. 

A PDF of the agenda, including abstracts is also available here.

Utah Archaeology Now Available as PDF

Posted by UPAC on December 13, 2012 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Full text (PDF) of the Journal Utah Archaeology (1988-2011) are now available on the Journal webpage.

Happy Holidays


Final Schedule for Winter 2011 Meeting

Posted by UPAC on February 23, 2011 at 3:06 PM Comments comments (0)

The final schedule for this weekend's UPAC Winter Meeting is now posted and will include:

  • The BYU Wolf Village site excavation and the SITLA Jackson Flat projects are among the paper topics scheduled to be presented.  Other topics include discussion of a Visual Impacts Assessment Method, Digitizing Clear Creek, Promotory Caves, High Altitutde Fremont Sites, and many other papers.
  • The UPAC Business Meeting will include a variety of reports and discussions on current events, such as an update on the the Blanding ARPA case (including a BLM law enforcement individual to answer questions) and recent issues associated with Nine Mile Canyon.
  • Finally, the BYU Museum of Peoples and Cultures will be hosting an open house reception on Friday evening.

Images from the BYU Museum of Peoples and Cultures.