Money to investigate archaeological finds

1 December 2017

What do the IJsselkogge, the Texel dress from the Golden Age and the finds in Oosterdalfsen have in common? Since 2016, in-depth research is being done into each of these important archaeological finds. This work is being financed by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science via NWO. Since Friday 1 December 2017, it has once again been possible to submit a proposal for such in-depth scientific research into archaeological finds of national or international importance. A total of 250,000 euros is available for this call.


During the implementation of the Valletta Treaty into Dutch archaeological legislation, the decision was taken to place the responsibility for archaeology with the municipalities. The settlement of very unusual finds therefore falls under the responsibility of municipalities as well and proceeds according to the principle of 'the disrupter pays'. Partly as a result of a special find in the municipality of Dalfsen in 2015, a grave field from the time of the Funnel Beaker Culture, doubts were raised as to whether the costs of the entire investigation should be paid for by the initiator in the case of finds of national or international importance. With this extra funding, the government is creating a possibility for doing further research into these important finds in addition to the basic research.


L: Gown from wreck off Texel. R: similar gown in the first half of the 17th century. Photo: Museum Kaap Skil

The application process

Proposals can be submitted until 1 March 2018 by senior researchers with an appointment at a Dutch knowledge institution, a municipal, regional or provincial council, a recognised archaeological company or the National Museum of Antiquities. The funding meets a need from the archaeological field to cover the extra costs that are associated with research into archaeological finds of national or international importance.

In May 2018, NWO will announce which proposals have been awarded funding. The proposals will be assessed by a committee of experts who will consider, among other things, the extent to which a find is of national or international importance, the scientific quality of the proposal, the relevance of the research, the feasibility of the research, and how the finds will be presented


Source: NWO