New metal detecting database established in the Netherlands.

Free University of Amsterdam and Dutch Ministry of Cultural Heritage have created a database of portable finds from the Netherlands. Database called PAN – Portable Antiquities of Netherlands, was established in order to enable metal detectorists to record their finds and facilitate better contact with archaeologists and museum staff. Database of this kind was planned since 2016, when it was decided that metal detecting for archeological artefacts will be legal in the Netherlands. It is part of the North Sea Area Finds Recording Group and cooperates with many organisations, including Portable Antiquities Scheme in the United Kingdom and recent Medea Database in Belgium. On the PAN website finds are classified according to the time periods and there is also a facility for identification of artefacts as well as maps with finds in each region of the country: https://www.portable-antiquities.nl/pan/#/public

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