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Recommendation in International Principles Applicable to Archaeological Excavations 5 December 1956

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This chapter presents a recommendation on international principles applicable to archaeological excavations adopted by the General Conference of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), meeting in New Delhi, 5 December 1956. In the higher interest of archaeology and of international collaboration, Member States should encourage excavations by a liberal policy. They might allow qualified individuals or learned bodies, irrespective of nationality, to apply on an equal footing for the concession to excavate. Member States which lack the necessary resources for the organization of archaeological excavations in foreign countries should be accorded facilities for sending archaeologists to sites being worked by other Member States, with the consent of the director of excavations. In the event of armed conflict, any Member State occupying the territory of another State should refrain from carrying out archaeological excavations in the occupied territory.

Keywords: archaeological excavations; UNESCO



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