In 1982, The Hague got its own Archeology department, then still part of the municipal secretariat Department of VOM (Traffic, Public Works, Monument Care). Today, the department falls under the City Management Department of the Municipality of The Hague.

Foto's van diverse betrokkenen bij 40 Jaar Archeologie en hun vondsten
From left to right and from top to bottom: 1. Head of Archeology & Nature and Environmental Education Corien Bakker with Roman building offering (2nd Century) 2. Councilor Robert van Asten with Roman silver treasure (date unknown) 3. Photo of Christiaan Rieffe – Prospector – Geologist Archeology with Roman Cup (2nd Century) 4. Photo of Monique van Veen Project Leader Senior Archaeologist (1344-1358) 5. Photo of Ties van Venice – Volunteer Archeology with Mousetrap (15th Century) 6. Mayor Jan van Zanen with Wall Tile Stork (1642)

Unique finds
Over the past 40 years, hundreds of thousands of finds have been extracted from the ground, from wall tiles to Roman landmarks. These finds have been carefully restored and preserved. In 2021, for example, lion bones were found at the Buitenhof. In the years of Count Albrecht of Bavaria there was a small zoo on the Buitenhof. These are an ulna and humerus from the left front leg of a young lion. From 1344 a lion house of the count stood on the Buitenhof. Until 1358 several lions lived there.

These lion bones and more finds and photos of many special people with their favorite find who have been involved in the work of the Archeology department over all those years can be seen in the exhibition in the Atrium The Hague from October 17 to 18 November.

Opening 40 jaar Archeologie in het Atrium Den Haag met Something Extra Delft. Foto Jurriaan Brobbel.

Dress up party in the autumn holidays
Do you also want to be photographed as a Regent or Regentesse? This is possible on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 October from 13:00-16:00 in the Atrium of the City Hall of The Hague.

If you would like to follow the work of the Archeology department, please visit

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