Contents and aims

The Charter was prepared by the non-government organisation for the protection of the world’s cultural heritage. As a non-treaty document, it proclaims a common approach to the management of the archaeological heritage. The Charter includes specific rules which enable present and future generations to study and interpret archaeological heritage resources. It adopts the overriding principle that the gathering of information about archaeological heritage should not destroy any more archaeological evidence than is necessary for protection or scientific objectives. Particular regulations of the Charter promote an interdisciplinary character of scientific investigations, based upon cooperation between authorities, enterprise and the general public.