cultural property

What is cultural property?

cultural property meaning in Information Science terminology / glossary / dictionary is:

The 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property defines cultural property as that which, on religious or secular grounds, is specifically designated by a national government as being of importance for archaeology, prehistory, history, literature, art, or science, including rare specimens and collections of minerals, flora, and fauna; objects of paleontological interest; products of archaeological discoveries and excavations (regular and clandestine); antiquities (inscriptions, coins, engraved seals, etc.); objects of ethnological interest; property of artistic interest, including rare manuscripts and incunabula, old books, and documents and publications of special interest (singly or in collections); archives in any medium (print, sound, photographic, or motion picture); articles of antique furniture; and old musical instruments. In the United States, the State Department is responsible for implementing the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act, the enabling legislation for the UNESCO Convention approved by Congress in 1983. Under its provisions, the U.S. Department of State accepts requests from governments to place import restrictions on archaeological or ethnological artifacts, when national cultural heritage is jeopardized by theft, pillage, or illicit transfer of ownership. For more information see Legal Protection of Cultural Property: A Selective Resource Guide by Louise Tsang ( See also: cultural property rights.


reference: ABC-CLIO