1005. European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage.

The aim of the European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage1 is to protect the archaeological heritage as a source of the European collective memory and as an instrument for historical and scientific study2. To this end, all remains and objects and any other traces of mankind from past epochs are considered to be elements of the archaeological heritage:

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    (1)     the preservation and study of which help to retrace the history of mankind and its relation with the natural environment;

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    (2)     for which excavations or discoveries and other methods of research into mankind and the related environment