Circular on Antiquities Excavation

Islamic State
Date: 18 Dhu al-Q’ida 1435 AH [13 September 2014 CE].

General Committee

Number: 5

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful


Praise be to God and prayers and peace be upon the Messenger of God, his family, companions and whoso is loyal to him. As for what follows:

Administrative order no. 5

It is not allowed for any brother in the Islamic State to excavate antiquities or give permission to anyone from the general mass of the people without taking a permission stamped by the Diwan al-Rikaz wa al-Ma’adan- Antiquities Division.

And any assignment or permission granted by anyone previously to any side, whatever his source, is considered annulled. And the one who has said assignment or permission must go and see the Diwan al-Rikaz- Antiquities Division to obtain a replacement.

And all whose violation of this order from the date of this document is proven will be considered as disobeying the order and will be punished according to what the Shari’i court decides.

And may God reward you best.

Islamic State
General Supervisory Committee.

General Supervisory Committee