(1) The purpose of this subchapter is to
implement Title 22, chapter 3, part 4, MCA, the Montana Antiquities Act,
through the establishment of administrative procedures. The department shall
conform to the following rules in the systematic consideration of antiquities
on state lands prior to reaching a final decision on action requiring
compliance with the Montana Antiquities Act. These rules are not intended to
require absolute protection of all antiquities but are meant to avoid or
mitigate damage to antiquities when feasible.