This revised Convention updates the provisions
of a previous Convention (ETS No. 66)
adopted by the Council of Europe in 1969.
The new text makes the conservation and
enhancement of the archaeological heritage one of the goals of urban
and regional planning policies. It is concerned in particular with arrangements
to be made for co-operation among archeologists and town and regional
planners in order to ensure optimum conservation of archaeological heritage.
The Convention sets guidelines for the
funding of excavation and research work and publication of research
findings. It also deals with public access, in particular to archaeological
sites, and educational actions to be undertaken to develop public awareness
of the value of the archaeological heritage.
Finally, the Convention constitutes an
institutional framework for pan-European co-operation on the archaeological
heritage, entailing a systematic exchange of experience and experts
among the various States. The Committee responsible for monitoring the
application of the Convention assumes the role of strengthening and
co-ordinating archaeological heritage policies in Europe.