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संक्षिप्त विवरण

The main objective of the Department is to safeguard and protect those monuments which have cultural and historical importance in Madhya Pradesh. After conducting archaeological survey and exploration, these monuments are properly documented and their revenue details collected. On the basis of their historical, cultural and architectural importance a proposal for their protection is sent to the government for notification and later for final notification under "Madhya Pradesh Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1964" Section-3 (1) and 16.

The department has protected various important archaeological monuments of historical importance periodically. The department has protected 3 monuments in 1976, four monuments in 1977, 1978, & 1980, 17 monuments in 1981, 5 monuments in 1982, 8 monuments in 1983, 23 monuments in 1984, 13 monuments in 1985, 19 monuments in 1986, 6 monuments in 1987, 4 monuments in 1988, 1 monument in 1989, 114 monuments have been protected in 1990, 20 monuments in 1991, 3 monuments in 1992, 19 monuments in 1993, 4 monuments in 1994, 1 monument in 1995, 8 monuments in 1999, 2 monuments in 2000, 24 monuments in 2005, 2 monuments in 2006, 13 monuments in 2007, 10 monuments in 2008 while 8 monuments were protected in 2009 by the Directorate of Archaeology, Archives & Museums. At present total number of protected monuments are 349 which are looked after by the Directorate.