Archaeological Excavation Licence Documents

Date published: 23 July 2018

Last updated: 08 June 2022

A licence is required to search for archaeological material, including objects, if the search involves disturbing the ground. That includes all archaeological excavations which must be directed by a qualified archaeologist, licensed by the Department for Communities.. 

A licence application must be submitted for every excavation, by the archaeologist who will direct the work, at least four weeks before the date on which work is due to begin. Before completing and submitting a licence application It is essential that you have read the associated guidance documents.

More information at: A Guide to Metal Detecting, Archaeology and the Law

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