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Submitting the treasure trove

Submitting the treasure trove

Antiquities, archaeological or otherwise, and other important objects from the past that might be treasure trove, must be submitted to the state. In practice the finder must submit the find to the local museum which is responsible for the archaeological finds of the area. Follow the link to see a map of the regions here.

The declaration of treasure trove is undertaken by The National Museum. Employees of the Collection Department and Prehistory, Medieval and Renaissance Department are responsible for the professional assessments.

In 2013 The National Museum introduced a transportation arrangement that collect finds for treasure processing at The National Museum and returns objects that were not declared treasure trove to the local museums Beside this arrangement, it is also possible for the local museums to submit objects at any time directly to The National Museum.

I have found potential treasure trove – how do I proceed?

It is important that you contact the local museum of the region of your find and submit your finds. The local museum will report the find to The National Museum.

If you insist on submitting the objects yourself to The National Museum, the procedure is as follows: We send the finds to the local museum via the annual exchange transport service so that the local museum may begin the finds reporting. This will prolong the overall assessment, as we are obliged to wait for the local museum to make an official submission based on the find information that you, as a finder, has provided. When the official submission from the local museum has been received at The National Museum, the assessment can proceed under the standard procedure.

Read about the processing time and the steps of how to properly handle and take care of the finds when submitting the potential treasure trove.