A new circular on permissions to sample and analyze archaeological material came into effect in June 2017. This updated policy of the Ministry of Culture and Sports distinguishes the following categories of requests:
a) Requests for analysis that require sampling.
b) Requests for analysis that do not require sampling, but involve intervention or cause damage to the material.
c) Requests for analysis with non-invasive methods.
d) Requests of all categories that involve modern movable or immovable monuments.
In all cases the request must include the following information:
1. a) the wider framework/ context of the request and the purpose of the analysis of the material, b) the research institution where the analysis is going to take place, the laboratory and the person in charge of the analysis.
2. The written permission of the person who holds exclusive publication rights to the material.
3. Description of the analytical techniques to be applied. In cases of sampling, mention whether the technique is destructive or non-destructive. In cases of in situ analysis, mention whether the technique is intrusive or non- intrusive.
4. For all requests: a detailed catalog of the movable or immovable monuments that are going to be sampled or examined in situ, accompanied by photographic documentation (indicating, if possible, the part from where the sample will be retrieved).
5. Specifically for sampling requests: the total number, dimensions, quantity and form of samples – as well as the method of their preparation, if required, and a description of the sampling method. The dimensions and number of samples must be the minimum required for the analysis. Requests that include a large number of samples must be sufficiently documented and must depend on the total quantity of the material.
6. Specifically for requests for in situ analysis using intrusive techniques or techniques that damage the material: a description of the type and extent of the intrusion or damage to be caused to the material.
7. Requests submitted by undergraduate/postgraduate students must be accompanied by a letter from their supervising professor.
Transporting samples does not require a separate permit, but transporting archaeological objects does require a transport permit (link to transport permits).
Please note that sampling permits can take up to six months to be issued.