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Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Act 2003

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2Meaning of “tainted cultural object”

(1)“Cultural object” means an object of historical, architectural or archaeological interest.

(2)A cultural object is tainted if, after the commencement of this Act—

(a)a person removes the object in a case falling within subsection (4) or he excavates the object, and

(b)the removal or excavation constitutes an offence.

(3)It is immaterial whether—

(a)the removal or excavation was done in the United Kingdom or elsewhere,

(b)the offence is committed under the law of a part of the United Kingdom or under the law of any other country or territory.

(4)An object is removed in a case falling within this subsection if—

(a)it is removed from a building or structure of historical, architectural or archaeological interest where the object has at any time formed part of the building or structure, or

(b)it is removed from a monument of such interest.

(5)“Monument” means—

(a)any work, cave or excavation,

(b)any site comprising the remains of any building or structure or of any work, cave or excavation,

(c)any site comprising, or comprising the remains of, any vehicle, vessel, aircraft or other movable structure, or part of any such thing.

(6)“Remains” includes any trace or sign of the previous existence of the thing in question.

(7)It is immaterial whether—

(a)a building, structure or work is above or below the surface of the land,

(b)a site is above or below water.

(8)This section has effect for the purposes of section 1.

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