Frequently asked questions - and answers

What happens if archaeologists have to dig?

Before the archaeologists start, a written agreement is made between you and Archaeology West Jutland, and the Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces must have approved the budget. A test excavation is then carried out to determine whether there are any ancient monuments in the area. If so, the results will be assessed by the museum together with the Agency for Cultural Heritage. Not everything is investigated further. But if significant ancient monuments are found under the ground, the museum will draw up a budget for an archaeological excavation. During this process, you have the opportunity to change your plans so that areas without ancient monuments are used for the planned purpose instead. In this way, an excavation can be avoided in whole or in part.

Am I obliged to report an archaeological trace?

In most cases, the archaeologists have carried out the excavation work before construction work begins. As the municipality is obliged under the Museums Act to submit all plans to the museum, the museum is informed in advance. If the museum considers that there is a need for an archaeological survey, the museum contacts the developer to make an agreement to have a survey carried out and completed before the actual construction work begins. Therefore, it is extremely rare for unexamined traces to turn up during building and other construction work. Should this happen, you can safely contact the museum, which will take the necessary steps, at no cost to you. In such cases, it is usually possible to carry out the necessary investigations while the ongoing construction work continues. And remember that under the Museums Act you are obliged to report finds of archaeological remains in connection with building and other construction work.

The archaeologists are delaying the work and it's costing...

It is extremely rare that a planned building or other construction work is delayed due to archaeological investigations. With the new law on museums, archaeological surveys are usually carried out in advance.

Where can I check if there are ancient monuments on my land?

The website of the Agency for Palaces and Cultural Heritage contains a map of known ancient monuments. However, it is very important to emphasize that the map only shows where finds have been made and where there are protected burial mounds and ramparts, etc. It often turns out that there are hidden ancient monuments under the topsoil in places where there are currently no markings on the map. The easiest way to find the map is to type "Finds and ancient monuments" in the Google search box. Once on the page, select search, then select geographic. Then click on the place on the map you are interested in. Each time you click, the map will zoom in. LINK

Do I have to pay for archaeological investigations that benefit us all?

When the parties in the Danish Parliament adopted the current museum law, the cost of archaeological investigations was shifted from the state to individual private developers. However, public authorities such as the state and municipalities were already paying. But there are also exceptions. When the reason for the surveys is ordinary farming, ordinary forestry and private afforestation with subsidies, the Agency for Palaces and Cultural Heritage pays.

I plowed up some stones in a place where I think there was once a burial mound. Should I call the museum?

If you come across ancient monuments during normal cultivation, you should call the museum. The archaeologists will then decide whether to carry out an excavation. If this is the case, the Agency for Culture and Palaces will pay for it.

We have some flint axes lying around. If I show them to the museum, they'll just take them...

In the vast majority of cases, you can keep the antiquities you have lying around, as long as they are not Danefae. However, the museum is very interested in seeing your finds so that they can be photographed and mapped.

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