Utah is rich in archaeological heritage. From Danger Cave, one of the oldest habitation sites in North America, to a little studied contact point of Fremont and Anasazi cultures in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, opportunities abound for an exciting, challenging experience in prehistory.
The Utah Statewide Archaeological Society (USAS) is an organization conceived for the individual who is curious about or wants to learn more about archaeology and the state's prehistoric cultures. It is dedicated to the study and preservation of Utah's past.
USAS had its beginnings when Dr. Jesse Jennings organized the Statewide Archaeological Survey in 1951. Today we are a group of 300 individuals dedicated to learning about and preserving our heritage.
- To promote popular interest and education in archaeology and anthropology and other related subjects, and to sponsor and provide means of correlating the work and efforts of all persons and groups interested therein.
- To sponsor and encourage the formation and development of chapters in the state of Utah, and by and through such means to preserve and protect the pre-historical heritage of Utah for the mutual benefit and enjoyment of all.
- To publish a periodic newsletter to the members, and an annual journal, the Utah Archaeology.
- To encourage the establishment of local museums.
Code of Ethics
- Respect prehistoric and historic archaeological remains and non-renewable resources reflecting our national heritage.
- Respect and support existing laws, policies and programs and encourage others to follow our example.
- Engage only in the projects that are consistent with my level of expertise and that have the consent of the officers of the local USAS chapter.
- Conduct fieldwork only with the consent of the landowner and all other tenants and lessees.
- Refrain from collection or excavating that does not produce an acceptable report advancing our knowledge of Utah culture and history.
- Respect the dignity and remains of human societies that have occupied Utah and the broader region in the past.
- Deposit all cultural remains from public lands in acceptable repositories. All cultural materials found on private land are the property of the landowner, but I will encourage the transfer of such materials to an acceptable repository.
- Produce acceptable reports on all recovered materials and projects. Such reports will be produced in a timely fashion and copies will be deposited in the Office of the State Archaeologist.
The Utah Statewide Archaeological Society
Welcomes anyone, avocational or professional, who is interested in our objectives and agrees to abide by our code of ethics.
Activities and Benefits that are available:
- Subscription to the quarterly newsletter
- Subscription to the annual publication of Utah Archaeology
- Opportunities to participate in the Utah Avocational Education Programs. This program includes three levels of classroom and field experience.
- Opportunities to assist professional archaeologist in the preservation and development of Utah's cultural resources.
- To participate in training workshops
- Opportunities to become part of the state sanction teams with professional supervising
- Opportunities to analyze and classify artifacts
- Annual Utah statewide conventions that includes educational opportunities, field trips and entertainment
Local chapters provide:
- Monthly meetings and presentations by archaeologists and anthropologists and involvement in local activities.
- Chapters and state membership concurrent.