historic environment

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All the physical evidence for past human activity, and its associations, that people can see, feel, find, and understand in the present world. It is the habitat that the human race has created through conflict and cooperation and the consequences of human interaction with nature. The term first appeared in the mid 1970s as archaeology was gradually integrated with the spatial planning system, found favour in academic and professional circles as a useful if broad concept, and by the mid 1990s was used in government guidance in preference to terms such as heritage or ancient monuments.

Subjects: Archaeology.

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