Apply for an archaeological sites permit or register a site

  • Apply for an archaeological permit
  • Register an archaeological site
  • Request archaeological site data
  1. Apply for an archaeological permit

    You need a permit for archaeological research, inventory, or assessment projects in Yukon.

    Archaeological site regulation permits

    Apply for research permits to work at archaeological sites, including the wreck of the A.J. Goddard. Archaeological research in Yukon must follow the Archaeological Sites Regulations.

    1. Determine which type of permit you need.

      There are 2 classes of Archaeological Site Regulation permits:
      • Class 1 archaeology permit: This permit authorizes archaeological research that does not disturb or in any way alter an archaeological site. Class 1 Permit holders can not collect artifacts.
      • Class 2 archaeology permit: This permit authorizes the excavation of sites and the collection of artifacts.
         
    2. Read the Guidelines for permit holders
    3. Complete the application form. Note whether you're applying for a Class 1 or Class 2 permit. Fill out the fields needed for that class.
    4. Submit your application form.
      Email: ASR@gov.yk.ca
      Mail:
      Government of Yukon
      Heritage Resources (L-1)
      Box 2703
      Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6
       

    Allow at least 30 days for us to process your application. We will contact you with the results.

    Access the A. J. Goddard shipwreck

    The A. J. Goddard is a Klondike Gold Rush-era sternwheeler. It was discovered at the bottom of Lake Laberge in 2008.

    To access the A. J. Goddard wreck site:

    1. Download and complete the A. J. Goddard permit application form.
    2. Submit your form:
      Email: yukon.registrar@gov.yk.ca
      Mail:
      Government of Yukon
      Historic Sites (L-2)
      Box 2703
      Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6

     

     

  2. Register an archaeological site

    If you discover a new site during permitted inventory or research, you must register it with us. It will be given a designation known as a "Borden Number."

    To register an archaeological site:

    1. Read and complete the archaeological site inventory form. The form includes guidelines on what you need to include in each field.
    2. Submit your form.
      Email: heritage.resources@gov.yk.ca
      Mail:
      Government of Yukon
      Heritage Resources (L-2A)
      Box 2703
      Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6
       

    We will review the form and register the site. When the site is registered, we will send you a list of the Borden Numbers for your reports.

  3. Request archaeological site data

    The Yukon Archaeological Sites Inventory contains records for all archaeological sites discovered in the territory. You can request access to this database.

    To request archaeological sites information:

    1. Download the license agreement and guidelines.
    2. Fill out "Schedule A" of the form and submit it.
      Email: heritage.resources@gov.yk.ca
      Mail:
      Government of Yukon
      Heritage Resources (L-2A)
      Box 2703
      Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2C6
    3. We will review your request and contact you with the results.
    4. We will release any existing archaeological data for your study area after you submit an original copy of the signed:
      • Licence Agreement; and
      • "Schedule A".
         

    Access to archaeological site locations and information is regulated by legislation.


Contact 

For questions about the registration process or about the inventory, email: heritage.resources@gov.yk.ca or phone: 867-667-5983 or toll free in Yukon 1-800-661-0408 ext. 5983.