- No 398/8-7-1983, 34593/11080
The Ministry of Culture,
considering the relevant laws about the protection of antiquities, has
decided the following:
a. Caves are archaeological
sites in danger of destruction. This means that any finding or object or
remains indicating human presence in a cave (tools, bones, etc.) in times
past is considered an archaeological object and is subject to all state laws
b. Caves are natural monuments of great historical, aesthetic, ethnological,
anthropological and pale anthropological value.
c. The protection, investigation, excavation, conservation and study of
caves, as well as the publication of archaeological reports concerning caves,
is the responsibility of the State, and of the Ministry of culture and
Sciences in particular.
d. Any action on caves by any state, or educational, or private agencies is
under the jurisdiction of the Ministry, according to the Law. Local Ministry
offices and local authorities are responsible for the protection of caves and
chasms in their area and no agency, Greek or foreign, is allowed to
intervene, explore, exploit or develop the caves and chasms, in any way
whatsoever, without prior consultation and approval by the Ministry.