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Excavations in the industrial zone Halle-Queis
Excavations in the industrial zone Halle-Queis. Manual clearing of the first level after earth removal by heavy diggers.
Ladle and strainer from a Germanic 'princely grave', Quetzdölsdorf
Ladle and strainer from a Germanic 'princely grave', Quetzdölsdorf, Landkreis Anhalt-Bitterfeld, ca. AD 50.

The high volume of construction work has disturbed or destroyed a large number of archaeological monuments. The planning permissions process under conservation law sets out the requirements for dealing with archaeological finds. This demands numerous excavations, rescue operations and  surveying activities. Visits are also carried out to inspect archaeological monuments, and actions required for conservation are prepared and supervised.

Alongside the scientific study and evaluation of archaeological monuments, another key responsibility is to communicate archaeological knowledge and to deepen the understanding of archaeology among the public. This occurs not least through intensive cooperation with and supervision of a large network of voluntary Conservation Representatives throughout the State, which multiplies the efforts of the Department for Archaeological Conservation and whose engagement is a vital support for the Department.

The rich human and cultural landscape of Saxony-Anhalt is characterised by a large number of archaeological monuments, including some that are visible above ground. Consequently, the Law on the Protection of Historic Monuments prescribes close cooperation between the local-government Conservation Authorities and the specialist Conservation Office, which issues expert opinions on construction work in the State. The treatment of archaeological monuments is regulated by the relevant permissions processes under the Law on the Protection of Historic Monuments.