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Moore, personal communication] Archaeology and legislation in Australia (b) provide all site information collected in the survey to the Director in the prescribed form. [Section 22(5)] Further, any person who discovers a relic must report this to the Director or to an inspector or warden; if such a discovery is made in the course of any construction or excavation of land it must be reported immediately and the Director, if he considers the relic worthy of preservation, shall take appropriate action (unless otherwise directed by the Minister in consultation with t h e Advisory Committee).

F) No excavation, for the purpose of discovering a relic, on Crown or freehold land, may be done without authorization by the Director of the National Parks and Wildlife Service. 28 AUSTRALIAN FIELD ARCHAEOLOGY: A GUIDE TO TECHNIQUES Australian Capital Territory N o protective legislation has been proclaimed in the A C T . T h e r e has been gazetted an ordinance, t h e Nature Conservation Ordinance 1980, which states in part that: A person shall not, in a reserved area, without the consent in writing of the Conservator(b) damage or destroy a site, or remove an object, of historical, archaeological, palaeontological or geological interest.

It appears that the latter is intended to refer exclusively to European material. The major way in which a relic can be protected is by reservation of the land on which it stands. Under a number of conditions then, any land can be proclaimed a 'prohibited area' (Section 16) or an 'historic reserve' (Section 17). T h e Governor may by proclamation declare land to be a prohibited area if he is satisfied that: (a) it is expedient to reserve that land for the preservation of relics; and (b) for such preservation it is necessary to prevent the entry of persons onto that land; and (c) satisfactory arrangements have been made or will be made for the management of the land as a prohibited area and for controlling the entry of persons into the land; and (d) the consents required by the Act have been obtained.

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