In England the Department for Culture, Media and Sport keeps a register, or schedule, of nationally important sites which receive state protection; this now includes over 31,000 sites. The government body with responsibility for archaeology and the historic environment is, in England, English Heritage.

Scheduling affords great protection as it becomes illegal to undertake a great range of works within a designated area, without 'scheduled monument consent'.

 

The Law

Damage to a scheduled monument is a criminal offence...

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Scheduled Monument Eligibility

To be eligible for scheduling, a monument must be of national importance...

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