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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

An ancient monument is an early historical structure or monument (e.g., an archaeological site) worthy of preservation and study due to archaeological or heritage interest. In the United Kingdom it is a legal term, differing from the American term National Monument in being far more numerous and always man-made. As scheduled monument, it is the normal designation for legally protected ruins and visible archaeological remains in the United Kingdom.

Stonehenge is probably one of the most famous prehistoric ancient monuments. Others are the Colosseum in Rome and the The Arena in Pula in Croatia.

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