During the tenure of which Governor-General was the ‘Ancient Monuments Preservation Act’ passed

(A) Lord Minto
(B) Lord Linlithgow
(C) Lord Curzon
(D) Lord Canning

Correct Answer : Lord Curzon
Question Asked : UP UDA/LDA (Spl) (Mains) 2010, UPPSC (Mains) 2005
Explanation : The Ancient Monuments Preservation Act, 1904 was passed in 1904 in British India during the period of Governor-General Lord Curzon. It was expedient to provide for the preservation of ancient monuments, for the exercise of control over traffic in antiquities and over excavation in certain places, and for the protection and acquisition in certain cases of ancient monuments and for objects of archaeological, historical or artistic interest. He allocated 50000 pounds for the preservation of ancient monuments. Lord Curzon during his tenure integrated and centralized Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and appointed John Marshall as new Director-General in 1901.
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