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
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
* any scheduled monument
(of which there are currently more than 20,000
* any other monument which in the opinion of the Secretary of State is of public interest by reason of the historic, architectural, traditional, artistic or archaeological interest attaching to it.
* English Heritage
* Historic preservation
* Scheduled monument
National Heritage List for England: official list of scheduled ancient monuments in England