The Antiquities and Monuments Office (AMO) has introduced a more stringent system of selecting archaeologists to carry out excavation projects. A Leisure and Cultural Services Department spokeswoman confirmed the changes were put in place three months ago. This is the first time they have been made public. Archaeologists are now asked to submit contract quotes outlining their qualifications, experience, methodologies and budget. Only these detailed submissions would be considered, the spokeswoman said. She said the office had received comments on how to further improve the system and another review would take place later. The new arrangements received a positive response from local archaeologists. Archaeologist Stephen Ng said the AMO previously only notified some archaeological companies about projects; now they would contact all licensed archaeologists. Mr Ng said greater transparency and fair competition could be achieved as a result. Archaeologist William Meacham said the improvement was long overdue. He has accused the AMO of failing to preserve local relics. Mr Meacham said an independent taskforce should be set up to carry out regular reviews. Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the Independent Commission Against Corruption said its investigation into alleged bribery and abuse of authority by six AMO officials in relation to more than $4 million worth of excavation contracts was continuing.