Archaeology Laws and Cultural Heritage Legislation

To cite this page: Tan, Noel Hidalgo (2020, Updated 4 September 2022) Archaeology Laws and Cultural Heritage Legislation. Southeast Asian Archaeology. Available at:
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This resource page is a collection of archaeology laws in Southeast Asia and legislation related to cultural heritage.Most countries in the region has some sort of law regulating the practice of archaeology, excavations and the export of artefacts, although the enforcement and oversight vary. This page draws from a number of useful databases and guides to legislation on the internet. Please use with caution and appopriate judgement: as far as possible, I’ve tried to link to the actual text from the official law repository of the country, but please note that some documents are not in English, and no official English translation may be available. Documents are listed by country and year.

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News about Archaeology and Culture Legislation

News reports and information about archaeology and cultural heritage legislation in Southeast Asia. The news reports indexed below usually link to external sites that were active at the time of posting; sometimes websites may be temporarily down or may have reorganised their underlying architecture or have even closed down – in these cases the links may not be available. Most of the news articles archived are in English, although when I am made aware of stories in this and other languages I try to index them.

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