Cabinet passes amendments to Ancient Monuments Act

A 1961 law to protect ancient monuments in Thailand is amended to keep up with changing times. Particularly edifying is to see the act being amended to address the illicit transport (smuggling) of artefacts.

4 April 2007 (Thais News) – A 1961 law to protect ancient monuments in Thailand is amended to keep up with changing times. Particularly edifying is to see the act being amended to address the illicit transport (smuggling) of artefacts.

Cabinet passes amendments to Ancient Monuments Act

The Cabinet meeting approves amendments to the 1961 Act on Ancient Monuments, Antiques, Objects of Art and National Museums and draft of the National Archive Act to conserve Thai heritage.

Minister of Culture Khunying Khaisri Sri-arun (ไขศรี ศรีอรุณ) reveals that the amendments were made by the ministry to give a mandate to local administration officials to monitor ancient monuments. The minister says the amendments were written in line with the changing society and international standards on ancient monument conservation, especially those concern illegal transport of cultural objects. The amended Act also designates conserving areas for antiques and art objects located under water and on land.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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