International archaeology framework

A number of charters, conventions and directives lay down the international and European frameworks within which archaeology takes place.

The following list has been taken from the IfA Standard and guidance for Stewardship of the Historic Environment (IfA 2008) which sets a standard and gives high-level guidance for all those concerned with the study and care of the historic environment.



Those marked ** are international conventions which place legal obligations upon national governments (where ratified). Those marked * are statements of good professional practice by non-governmental organisations.

Exercises