Apply to excavate human remains for archaeological purposes

Apply for a licence to excavate buried human remains from an archaeological site in England and Wales.


Authority to excavate human remains for archaeological purposes - application form

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You will need a licence if you want to:

  • remove buried human remains from the ground
  • examine human remains in the ground

In your application you will need to tell us:

  • contact details
  • why the dig is taking place and where
  • expected age, nature and number of the human remains
  • any likely objections to the excavation
  • what will happen to the human remains after the excavation
Published 1 August 2013