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by Archaeology Newsroom

The Archaeological heritage. Modern trends in legal protection

The legal protection through law-suits is an absolute necessity of the individual possessing an archaeological object for the cessation of disturbance and the regaining of its possession, on the one hand; and through claims for profiting from the illegal use of an archaeological object that belongs to somebody else, on the other, contributes to the more effective protection of cultural goods. The individual-possessor has the motive, that is both the aesthetic pleasure and profit, but he also has control over the object.These are legal properties that promote him to the position of «guardian» both of his interestt and the state’s and that of all who care about the protection of our cultural heritage.

An additional positive outcome arising from the possibility of claiming a profit is that the state, the primary possessor of all cultural goods, is thus given the opportunity to obtain for itself a significant source of income.