Select Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Annex 1

European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage (Revised) (Valetta, 16 January 1992): excerpts from Key Relevant Articles

Article 2

  Each party undertakes to institute, by means appropriate to the State in question, a legal system for the protection of the archaeological heritage, making provision for:

    (i)  the creation of archaeological reserves, even where there are no visible remains on the ground or under water, for the preservation of material evidence to be studied by later generations.

Article 4

  Each Party undertakes to implement measures for the physical protection of the archaeological heritage, making provision, as circumstances demand:

    (i)  for the acquisition or protection by other appropriate means by the authorities of areas intended to constitute archaeological reserves;

    (ii)  for the conservation and maintenance of the archaeological heritage, preferably in situ.

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