- Associated Press - Sunday, June 5, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah’s Division of State History has completed a three-year effort to scan nearly 120,000 records of archaeological sites into an online database.

Arie Leeflang, the archaeological records manager for the division’s Antiquities Section, says the database will make it easier for researchers to access information.

He says it also will streamline the permitting process for those who propose projects on public lands, including energy exploration and construction of new roads.

The records themselves date to the 1940s. They cover everything from ancient sites as old as 10,000 years, to relics from the state’s uranium boom in the 1960s.

Gov. Gary Herbert said streamlining the permitting process is a major step in helping to make state government more efficient.

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