Legislative framework and commitment

Investigations of archeological sites are in principle research-based. Applicable legislative standards set out in conventions, agreements, laws, and government guidelines constitute their legislative framework. This includes the governing laws and regulations on monument preservation in our guest countries. The German National Committee for Monument Preservation has compiled the applicable international legal texts on monument preservation.

In addition to these rules and regulations, the German Archaeological Institute is bound by the European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage (Valletta Convention), which came into effect with its publication in the Federal Law Gazette on October 15, 2002. As of this date, the Valletta Convention is applicable law for all German public employees, both within Germany and abroad.

Moreover, the German Archaeological Institute has signed international agreements to ensure adequate site management andthe protection and preservation of the cultural heritage and to document our commitment to the protection of cultural goods. These agreements include: