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The Government of India have enacted “The Antiquities and Art Treasures Act 1972” in order to curb the smuggling of art treasures from India. To enforce this act effectively, Registering Officer and some supporting staff  have been appointed in this department. Government of India meets the entire expenditure of this scheme. This scheme is being implemented in Tamil Nadu from the year 1974. Till date 42,358 antiquities have been registered and certificates issued in Tamil Nadu

Bronzes of Chola Period 


Registration of Antiquities Scheme

Initially, 7 Registering Officers were appointed at Chennai, Chidambaram, Thanjavur, Tiruchirappalli, Madurai, Coimbatore and Tirunelveli ; at present only two Registering Officers are working and the entire registration of Tamil Nadu is entrusted to the offices at Chennai and Triuchirappalli.

The Registering Officers are allocated with more than 14 districts as their jurisdiction.



Registration of Antiquities and Art Treasures is presently dealt by Archaeological Survey of India, Chennai Circle.

Contact Person:

Thiru K.P Mohandass
Assistant Superintending Archealogist
Archaeological Survey of India, Chennai Circle.
Phone : o44-25670396 / 97


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