Video – How to Protect Your Rights when Antiquities are Discovered on Your Property

Almost all excavations in the West Bank uncover archaeological remains. The discovery of antiquities on private land is perceived by landowners (farmers or other individuals who wish to develop their land) as an impediment to developing and building on their land. Landowners in the West Bank often worry that the discovery of antiquities on their property may result in the obstruction of plans to build on or cultivate their land, or that it will lead to the expropriation of their property.

That being said, by familiarizing themselves with the law, landowners may benefit from the discovery of archaeological artifacts on their property and minimize the obstacles to cultivating and developing their land. This fact sheet explains the laws pertaining to antiquities.