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Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Part I Ancient Monuments

    1. Protection of scheduled monuments

      1. 1. Schedule of monuments.

      2. 1A. Commission’s functions as to informing and publishing.

      3. 2. Control of works affecting scheduled monuments.

      4. 3. Grant of scheduled monument consent by order of the Secretary of State.

      5. 4. Duration, modification and revocation of scheduled monument consent.

      6. 5. Execution of works for preservation of a scheduled monument by Secretary of State in cases of urgency.

      7. 6. Powers of entry for inspection of scheduled monuments, etc.

      8. 6A. Commission’s powers of entry in relation to scheduled monuments.

      9. 7. Compensation for refusal of scheduled monument consent.

      10. 8. Recovery of compensation under section 7 on subsequent grant of consent.

      11. 9. Compensation where works affecting a scheduled monument cease to be authorised.

    2. Acquisition of ancient monuments

      1. 10. Compulsory acquisition of ancient monuments.

      2. 11. Acquisition by agreement or gift of ancient monuments.

    3. Guardianship of ancient monuments

      1. 12. Power to place ancient monument under guardianship.

      2. 13. Effect of guardianship.

      3. 14. Termination of guardianship.

    4. Acquisition and guardianship of land in the vicinity of an ancient monument, etc.

      1. 15. Acquisition and guardianship of land in the vicinity of an ancient monument.

      2. 16. Acquisition of easements and other similar rights over land in the vicinity of an ancient monument.

    5. Agreements concerning ancient monuments, etc.

      1. 17. Agreements concerning ancient monuments and land in their vicinity.

    6. Powers of limited owners

      1. 18. Powers of limited owners for purposes of sections 12, 16 and 17.

    7. Public access to monuments under public control

      1. 19. Public access to monuments under public control.

      2. 20. Provision of facilities for the public in connection with ancient monuments.

    8. Transfer of ownership and guardianship of ancient monuments

      1. 21. Transfer of ancient monuments between local authorities and Secretary of State.

    9. Ancient Monuments Boards

      1. 22. Ancient Monuments Boards.

      2. 23. Annual reports of Ancient Monuments Boards.

    10. Miscellaneous and supplemental

      1. 24. Expenditure by Secretary of State or local authority on acquisition and preservation of ancient monuments, etc.

      2. 25. Advice and superintendence by Secretary of State.

      3. 26. Power of entry on land believed to contain an ancient monument.

      4. 27. General provisions as to compensation for depreciation under Part I.

      5. 28. Offence of damaging certain ancient monuments.

      6. 29. Compensation orders for damage to monuments under guardianship in England and Wales.

      7. 30. Disposal of land acquired under Part I.

      8. 31. Voluntary contributions towards expenditure under Part I.

      9. 32. Interpretation of Part I.

  3. Part II Archaeological Areas

    1. 33. Designation of areas of archaeological importance.

    2. 34. Investigating authorities for areas of archaeological importance.

    3. 35. Notice required of operations in areas of archaeological importance.

    4. 36. Certificate to accompany operations notice under section 35.

    5. 37. Exemptions from offence under section 35.

    6. 38. Powers of investigating authority to enter and excavate site of operations covered by an operations notice.

    7. 39. Power of investigating authority to investigate in advance of operations notice any site which may be acquired compulsorily.

    8. 40. Other powers of entry on site of operations covered by an operations notice.

    9. 41. Interpretation of Part II.

  4. Part III Miscellaneous and Supplemental

    1. Restrictions on use of metal detectors

      1. 42. Restrictions on use of metal detectors.

    2. Powers of entry

      1. 43. Power of entry for survey and valuation.

      2. 44. Supplementary provisions with respect to powers of entry.

    3. Financial provisions

      1. 45. Expenditure on archaeological investigation.

      2. 46. Compensation for damage caused by exercise of certain powers under this Act.

      3. 47. General provisions with respect to claims for compensation under this Act.

      4. 48. Recovery of grants for expenditure in conservation areas and on historic buildings.

      5. 49. Grants to the Architectural Heritage Fund.

    4. Application to special cases

      1. 50. Application to Crown land.

      2. 51. Ecclesiastical Property.

      3. 52. Application to the Isles of Scilly.

      4. 52A. The Broads.

      5. 53. Monuments in territorial waters.

    5. Supplemental

      1. 54. Treatment and preservation of finds.

      2. 55. Proceedings for questioning validity of certain orders, etc.

      3. 56. Service of documents.

      4. 57. Power to require information as to interests in land.

      5. 58. Offences by corporations.

      6. 59. Prosecution of offences: Scotland.

      7. 60. Regulations and orders.

      8. 61. Interpretation.

      9. 62. Special provision for Scotland.

      10. 63.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      11. 64. Transitional provisions, consequential amendments and repeals.

      12. 65. Short title, commencement and extent.

  5. SCHEDULES

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      Control of Works Affecting Scheduled Monuments

      1. Part I Applications for Scheduled Monument Consent

        1. 1.(1) Provision may be made by regulations under this Act...

        2. 2.(1) The Secretary of State may refuse to entertain an...

        3. 2A.As soon as practicable after receiving an application for scheduled...

        4. 3.(1) The Secretary of State may grant scheduled monument consent...

        5. 4.(1) Subsections (2) to (5) of section 250 of the...

      2. Part II Modification and Revocation of Scheduled Monument Consent

        1. 5.(1) Before giving a direction under section 4 of this...

        2. 6.(1) If no objection to a proposed modification or revocation...

        3. 7.As soon as may be after giving a direction under...

        4. 8.(1) Where in accordance with sub-paragraph (3) of paragraph 5...

        5. 9.(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2) below, subsections (2) to (5)...

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      Designation Orders

      1. Designation orders by the Secretary of State

        1. 1.(1) A designation order made by the Secretary of State...

        2. 2.Before making a designation order the Secretary of State shall—...

        3. 3.(1) The consultations required by sub-paragraphs (a)(aa) of paragraph 2...

        4. 4.Copies of the draft order and of the map to...

        5. 5.Copies of the draft order and of the map to...

        6. 6.The Secretary of State may make the order, either without...

        7. 7.On making the order, the Secretary of State shall—

      2. Designation orders by a local authority

        1. 8.(1) A designation order made by a local authority shall...

        2. 9.Before making a designation order a local authority shall—

        3. 9A.Before making a designation order a local authority shall notify...

        4. 10.(1) The consultation required by sub-paragraph (a) of paragraph 9...

        5. 11.Copies of the draft order and of the map to...

        6. 12.The local authority may make the order, either without modifications...

        7. 13.A designation order made by a local authority shall not...

        8. 14.If the Secretary of State confirms the order the local...

        9. 15.The Secretary of State may by regulations prescribe the procedure...

      3. Designation orders by the Commission

        1. 15A.Paragraphs 8, 9, 10 to 13, 14( a ) and...

      4. Operation of designation orders

        1. 16.(1) A designation order made by the Secretary of State...

      5. Variation and revocation of designation orders

        1. 17.(1) An order varying or revoking a designation order shall...

        2. 18.Before and on making an order varying or revoking a...

      6. Scotland

        1. 19.In relation to a designation order relating to an area...

      7. Interpretation

        1. 20.(1) In this Schedule “the area affected” means, in relation...

    3. SCHEDULE 3

      Transitional Provisions

      1. 1.(1) Where an interim preservation notice is in force with...

      2. 2.(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2) below, where a guardianship order...

      3. 3.(1) Where within the period of three months immediately preceding...

      4. 4.(1) Subject to the following provisions of this paragraph, where...

      5. 5.(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2) below, where—

      6. 6.(1) Section 13(2) of this Act shall not apply to...

      7. 7.Notwithstanding the repeal by this Act of the Field Monuments...

      8. 8.Any reference in any document (including an enactment) to an...

      9. 9.Nothing in the preceding provisions of this Schedule shall be...

      10. 10.In this Schedule— “interim preservation notice” means a notice served...

    4. SCHEDULE 4

      Consequential amendments

      1. 1.. . . . . . . . . ....

      2. 2.In section 47(d) of the Coast Protection Act 1949 (saving...

      3. 3.(1) In sections 5(2)(b) and 8(1)(c) of the Historic Buildings...

      4. 4.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      5. 5.In section 6(4)(b) of the Land Powers (Defence) Act 1958...

      6. 6.In section 17(2) of the Building (Scotland) Act 1959 (requirements...

      7. 7.In section 3(3)(a) of the Flood Prevention (Scotland) Act 1961...

      8. 8.In section 2(5) of the Faculty Jurisdiction Measure 1964 (limit...

      9. 9.In section 7(8) of the Mines (Working Facilities and Support)...

      10. 10.. . . . . . . . . ....

      11. 11.. . . . . . . . . ....

      12. 12.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      13. 13.In section 131(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 (general...

      14. 14.In section 182(1) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973...

      15. 15.. . . . . . . . . ....

      16. 16.In section 111 of the Land Drainage Act 1976 (protection...

    5. SCHEDULE 5

      Enactments Repealed

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