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Ancient monuments are defined by the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as
- any scheduled monument (of which there are currently more than 20,000); and
- any other monument which in the opinion of the Secretary of State is of public interest by reason of the historic, architectural, traditional, artistic or archaeological interest attaching to it.
- "Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979". 4 April 1979. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
- "Scheduled Monuments" (PDF). Department for Culture, Media and Sport. March 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-12-04. Retrieved 7 June 2011.