Shipwreck Legislation in the Netherlands

- The Ancient Monuments Act -

Since the 1930s, Dutch have reclaimed large tracts of sea. The province of Flevoland, is an example of land that was part of the Zuider Zee Lake.

At least 350 wrecks have been found on land in such polder areas. The finds are often very well preserved, having been covered by silt for centuries.

The Ancient Monuments Act, (1985, revised 1988) protects any site that is at least 50 years old and which can be considered of cultural interest. Finds of shipwrecks at sea are to be reported to the Ministry of Culture. Finds on land are to be reported to the local municipal authorities


@ Rijksdienst voor Archeologie, Cultuurlandschap en Monumenten


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