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Section 1 – The Ancient Monuments Preservation Act,1904

The Ancient Monuments Preservation Act,1904

Act No. VII of 19041

[18th March,1904]

An Act to provide for the preservation of Ancient Monuments and objects of archaeological, historical, or artistic interest.

(As modified upto 1st September,1949)

WHEREAS it is expedient to provide for the preservation of ancient monuments, for the exercise of control over traffic in antiquities and over excavation in certain places, and for the protection and acquisition in certain cases of ancient monuments and of objects of archaeological, historical or artistic interest; it is hereby enacted as follows:–

1. Short title and extent

(1) This Act may be called The Ancient Monuments Preservation Act,1904.

(2) It extends to 2[all the Provinces of India], inclusive of 3* * *, the Santhal Parganas and the Pargana of Spiti.

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1 For Statement of Objects and Reasons, see Gazetteer of India,1903, Pt. V, p.513; for Report of the Select Committee, see ibid.,1904, Pt. V, page 57; and for Proceedings in Council, see ibid.,1903, Pt. VI, pp. 166,191, Pt. VI, pp. 20 and 76.


This Act has been declared to be in force in the Khondmals District by the Khondmals Laws Regulation,1936 (4 of 1936), s. 3 and Sch.; and in the Angul District by the Angul Laws Regulation,1936 (5 of 1936), s.3 and Sch.


It has been extended to Berar by the Berar Laws Act,1941 (4 of 1941).


2 Subs. by the A.O. 1948, for “the whole of British India” .


3 The words “British Baluchistan” were rep. By the A.O. 1948.

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