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The subject matter of this chapter is a relatively recent concern in the Netherlands. This holds true for maritime heritage protection as well as for heritage protection at large. With regard to built heritage, all efforts are concentrated on preservation. The main objective was to make sure that archaeological work was carried through in a period when a lot of rebuilding, reconstruction, restructuring and development were taking place. It is not so much the implementation of the Valletta Convention itself, or the integration of archaeology in the planning process, but the choice to do so in a sphere of market incentives that radically reorients the organisation of archaeological heritage management in the Netherlands. Private ownership rights are strong and sustained in Dutch law. The longstanding principles of private law have strongly influenced the way in which this has been done in subsequent legislative actions.

Keywords: Dutch law; Netherlands; private ownership; underwater cultural heritage (UCH); UNESCO Convention 2001



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