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Country Summary for ARMENIA

I.  Relevant Legislation
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II.  Regulated Cultural Property

Definitions

"Historical Values"objects related to development of state and society; science and architecture; the life and activity of outstanding individuals (statesmen, political, social and cultural figures, national heroes); and objects of family value:
1) archeological objects and parts thereof,
2) ethnographic objects and collections,
3) scientific equipment,
4) numismatic, bonistic, faleristic objects,arms, church ornaments and collections thereof
5) engineering objects (including military objects) and the parts and remnants thereof
6) documentary materials.

"Artistic Values" (and their duplicates; independent of their materials)
1) objects of religious value, icons;
2) creations of painting, sculpture and stage art;
3) graphical works and their duplicates
4) works of folklore traditional decorative and applied arts
5) decorative or applied arts (including marl, glass and porcelain objects; bronze, copper, steel, iron, and silver-plated objects; objects made of valuable and semi-precious metals and stones; artwork made from stone, wood, bone, leather, and various types of cottons; objects ornamented through engraving, edging, stamping and other techniques; gobelin, tattooed fabrics and hand-made carpets);
6) designs, installations, compositions, and assemblages
7) musical instruments made by local and foreign masters
8) arms made by local and foreign masters.
 
"Printed Materials"
1) certain publications and their collections of historical, scientific, artistic, literary significance;
2) printed materials published in the life-time of social and political figures, statesmen, outstanding cultural figures, as well as printed material bearing their signature (except of printed works of modern outstanding figures);
3) philatelist objects (including materials published before 1991).
 
"Collections and Separate Objects of Scientific Significance"
1) skillets, animal skillets, herbariums, staffed animals and other related materials
2) archeological objects (with exception of valuable and half-valuable stones). (Attachment N1)
 
Registry
 
All monuments shall be subject to inventory (1978 Reg., Art. 3.1).
 
Cultural and historic property in possession of individuals shall be the subject of an inventory. (1978 Reg., Art. 3.6)

III.  Export Restrictions
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IV.  Ownership Rights and Restrictions
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V.  Violations, Penalties and Sanctions
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VI.  International Conventions and Bilateral Agreements
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Country Contact
for Cultural Property
Shogik Asoyan
Chief
Agency for Preservation of Cultural Values
Ministry of Culture and Youth Affairs
Republic of Armenia dpcv1@freenet.am
Ph: 37410-23-50-86
F: 37491-40-68-15