The Department of Archaeology & Museums, Haryana is a premier department came into existence in the shape of a cell under the Control of Education department in the year 1969 and as an independent department in the year 1972 with a small staff and meager budget. The nature of functioning of this department is technical.
It conducts archaeological excavation and explorations, protection and conservation of Proto-historical, medieval and historical monuments ites and remains from the research point of view on the one hand and publishes research reports of excavated sites and explorations of the districts, booklets, folders etc and organizes exhibitions including other museum activities and prepares replicas of ancient sculptures for sale to acquaint researchers and general public with their rich ancient heritage on the other.
The functions and activities of the department are regulated under the following State and Central Acts and Rules framed therein:-
- The Punjab ancient and Historical Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act-1964 (State Act)
- The Antiquities and Art Treasures Act 1972 (Central Act)
- The Indian Treasures Trove Act- 1878(Central Act)
- The Ancient and Historical Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act-1958(Central Act)
The budget provision for the year 2016-2017 of this department is Rs. 1 Crore 7 Lakh 60 Thousand on Non-Plan and Rs. 25 Crore 17 Lakh 30 Thousand on plan side under the following plan scheme:-