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If you want to perform excavation activities in the Netherlands, your company has to be certified. If you make an archaeological discovery, you must report this to your municipality or provincial authority. The term ‘excavation’ is understood to include archaeological investigations, exploratory boreholes and the removal or relocation of objects that are part of the Dutch cultural heritage.
You may only excavate archeological sites when you are certified. If your company is certified, it means you work according to the standards and guidelines of the Dutch Archaeology Quality Standard (KNA). If you have an excavation permit, you may excavate without being certified until 1 July 2017. In the meantime you can get your certificate.
Reporting a discovery
If you make an archaeological discovery, you must report this to the Dutch Cultural Heritage Agency. If it concerns a discovery in a city centre of a municipality with its own archaeological service, you can also report it to that municipality. The data will be stored in Archis, a national system that contains Dutch archaeological data.