The term ancient monument is a term in British law. It is an early historical structure or monument. For example. it may be an archaeological site worth preserving and study. The sites (monuments) are of archaeological or heritage interest.
The term differs from the American term "national monument". The U.S. National Monuments are few in number and may include natural formations. British ancient monuments are by definition manmade.
Ancient monuments are defined by the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as
- (a) any scheduled monument (there are now more than 20,000) and
- (b) any other monument which in the opinion of the Secretary of State is of public interest for its historic, architectural, traditional, artistic or archaeological interest.
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- ↑ "Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979". 4 April 1979. Retrieved 28 February 2012.,
- ↑ "Scheduled Monuments" (PDF). Department for Culture, Media and Sport. March 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-12-04. Retrieved 7 June 2011.