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In British law, an ancient monument is an early historical structure or monument (e.g. an archaeological site) worthy of preservation and study due to archaeological or heritage interest. The term differs from the American term "national monument" in that U.S. National Monuments are comparatively 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
- "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.
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