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Bad grant management leaves heritage in the cold

Denmark’s heritage is being put at risk, as construction companies are struggling to get money to protect archaeological finds, a report has revealed.

It is nearly impossible for developers to access government funding for archaeological surveying unless they know a team of scientists who can help with the applications, a team of state auditors reported on 21 March.

Construction companies in Denmark have had to pay for archaeological surveying since 2003, and can apply alongside scientists for government grants to cover the work. The grant scheme is overseen by the ministry of culture, but has been so badly managed that it is putting heritage at risk, the auditors said.

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