In NSW the process of finding out whether an item is important is called assessing significance. Archaeological sites, which contain ‘relics’ as defined in the NSW Heritage Act, are managed like any other significant item of environmental heritage. They should be treated in the same way with the same level of consideration and assessment process as any other surviving physical evidence of the past such as buildings, works, precincts, landscapes or other places and items with potential or known heritage value.
Assessing Significance for Historical Archaeological Sites and 'Relics'
This guideline gives advice about how to assess the heritage significance of known and potential archaeological resources, features or deposits and determine whether they are ‘relics’ as defined by the Act. The key issue is whether a deposit, artefact, object or material evidence that survives from the past is significant. If it is significant, it will need to be managed under the ‘relics’ provisions of the Heritage Act.
- 1 January 2009
- Heritage Branch of the Department of Planning
- ISBN 978-1-92112-118-0
- File PDF 220KB
- Pages 31
- Name assess-significance-historical-archaeological-sites-relics.pdf