Are you a developer?

If you are a developer in Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality or Varde Municipality, it is a good idea to contact Archaeology West Jutland as soon as you have plans for a new building or earthworks.

The archaeologists assess whether or not it is necessary to carry out a preliminary investigation of the site. If the site has been assessed in advance as having no special cultural heritage value, then there is no need to carry out a pre-construction survey. If the site does have a special cultural heritage value or there is a presumption of it, then you will be offered a preliminary study.

By contacting Archaeology West Jutland before construction or earthworks begin, you can avoid delays in your project. If there are ancient monuments in the area, and if the archaeologists have to carry out a real excavation, you as the developer have the opportunity to move the construction work so that the ancient monuments are preserved in the ground - and you thus avoid the archaeological investigations.

Who pays?

The Agency for Culture and Palaces bears the cost of the feasibility studies when the reason for them is

  • earthworks related to erosion
  • earthworks carried out as part of the cultivation of ordinary agricultural crops
  • general forestry

Archaeology West Jutland bears the cost of archival control and any minor preliminary investigations that are necessary as a basis for the museum's statement to the developer.

If a major preliminary investigation is carried out, the cost is borne by the person who commissioned the building or earthworks. If an archaeological preliminary investigation has been requested prior to construction, it is possible to have part of the costs covered by the Agency for Culture and Palaces.

How an archaeological feasibility study works

The preliminary investigation is carried out before any construction or earthworks begin. Search trenches are dug with an excavator, where archaeologists examine what is hidden under the soil. In this way, the extent, value and character of the ancient monuments can be assessed. Based on the preliminary investigation, the archaeologists can release the area, and then you as the developer can continue the work. If you nevertheless find ancient monuments during construction after the release, you are obliged to inform ArkVest. In that case, the Agency for Culture and Palaces will bear the costs, as ArkVest has legally released the area.

If, on the other hand, the archaeologists consider that the area (or parts of it) should be investigated by a real archaeological excavation, you as the developer have the possibility to change the project plans and thus avoid or reduce an excavation. If this is not possible, the archaeologists will continue the investigations.

How an archaeological excavation works

If significant traces of ancient monuments are found during the preliminary investigation of an area, all or part of the area may be designated for archaeological excavation. During an excavation, archaeologists examine the nominated area by excavating the topsoil with an excavator. Beneath the topsoil, the lighter-colored subsoil is revealed, hiding traces from throughout the ages: holes from house posts, burials for workshop huts, wells, pits, pits, hearths, ovens and much more, which tell us about the history of the site. The postholes may contain pottery, the workshops may hold the remains of a craft, the depths of the wells may hold wood and rubbish, the graves may hold burnt bones and coffin burials, the pits may be anything from rubbish bins to sacrificial pits, the hearths may hold the charred remains of a past life and the furnaces may hold the remains of iron production.

Such sites, houses and graves from the Stone Age to the present day are being investigated and documented, and we are taking the stories from the underground into research and dissemination of our shared cultural heritage.

Want to know more?

The Museums Act provides precise guidelines on how archaeological work should be carried out (see Chapter 8)

Build with consideration

Do you own a piece of land and are you thinking of building on it? Then take a look here and find out what you need to be aware of in your preparations.

Contact Archaeology West Jutland

If you have any questions as a developer, you are welcome to contact Archaeology West Jutland.

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