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Country Summary for GHANA

I.  Relevant Legislation
II.  Regulated Cultural Property


(a) an object of archaeological interest or land in which any such object is believed to exist or was discovered, including any land adjacent to such object or land which in the opinion of the Board is reasonably required to maintain the object or the land or its amenities or to provide access thereto, or for the exercise of proper control or management over such object or land; or
(b) any work of art or craftwork, including any statue, modeled clay figure, figure, cast or wrought iron metal carving, housepost, door, ancestral figure, religious mask, staff, drum, bowl, ornament, utensil, weapon, armour, regalia, manuscript or document, if such work of art or craftwork is of indigenous origin and (i) was made or fashioned before the year 1900, or (ii) is of historical, artistic, or scientific interest, and is or has been used at any time in the performance, and for the purposes of, any traditional ceremony. (Decree, Art. 30)
‘Object of archaeological interest’—
(a) any fossil remains of man or of animals found in association with man; or
(b) any site, trace, or ruin of an ancient habitation, working place, midden or sacred place; or
(c) any cave or other natural shelter, or engraving, drawing, inscription, painting or inscription on rock or elsewhere: or
(d) any stone object or implement believed to have been used or produced by early man; or
(e) any ancient structure, erection, memorial, causeway, bridge, cairn, tumulus, grave, shrine, excavation, well, water tank, artificial pool, monolith, group of stones, earthwork, wall gateway or fortification; or
(f) any antique tool or object of metal, wood, stone, clay, leather, textile, basketware or other material, which is of archaeological interest. (Decree, Art. 30)

III.  Export Restrictions

IV.  Ownership Rights and Restrictions

V.  Violations, Penalties and Sanctions

VI.  International Conventions and Bilateral Agreements
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Country Contact
for Cultural Property
Ghana Museums and Monuments Board
P.O. Box 3343
Accra, Ghana
Ph: 00344 21 221633; 00344 21 221635

National Commission on Culture