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Applying for excavation permits and filing discovery reports

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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 belong to Dutch cultural heritage.

Excavation permit

You may only excavate archeological sites when you are certified. If your company is certifiedExternal link (in Dutch), it means you work according to the standards and guidelines of the Dutch Archaeology Quality Standard (KNA).

Reporting a discovery

If you make an archaeological discovery, you must report this to the Dutch Cultural Heritage AgencyExternal link (in Dutch). If it concerns a discovery in a city centre of a municipality with its own archaeological service, you can also report it to that municipalityExternal link. The data will be stored in Archis, a national system that contains Dutch archaeological data.

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