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A scheduled monument is a 'nationally important' archaeological site or historic building, which is protected against unauthorised change. The purpose of scheduling is to help preserve such monuments and to keep them in their original state as far as possible.
A 'scheduled monument' is defined in the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 (AMAAA 1979) as any monument included in the schedule compiled and maintained by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.
A monument means any:
building, structure or work, whether above or below the surface of the land, and any cave or excavation
site comprising the remains of any such building, structure or work or of any cave or excavation, and
site comprising, or comprising the remains of, any vehicle, vessel, aircraft or other movable structure or part thereof which is not covered in the above, and
any other site comprising any thing(s), that evidence(s) previous human activity
Scheduled monuments are added to the ‘Schedule’ (the list of legally-protected monuments) by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, under the AMAAA 1979. Historic England takes a leading role in identifying nationally important monuments and archaeological remains in England, but individuals can also suggest scheduling. Historic England advises the Secretary of State on decisions
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