Charter for the Protection and Management of the Archaeological Heritage (1990)

ICOMOS International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM)

The ICAHM Charter, inspired by the success of the Venice Charter, was created in response to the increasing threats to archaeological sites worldwide, especially from looting and land development. The Charter attempts to establish principles and guidelines of archaeological heritage management that are globally valid and can be adapted to national policies and conditions. The Charter encourages legislation to protect the archaeological heritage, based on inventories and general surveys of the resources. It lays out general principles for investigation, maintenance, and conservation as well as reconstruction of architectural heritage. It also notes the role of high academic and professional standards in relevant fields of expertise and the need for international cooperation.