SHARJAH LAW OF ANTIQUITIES

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Law of Antiquities No. 1 of 1992 in the Emirate of Sharjah

We, Sultan bin Mohamed Al-Qassimi, Ruler of Sharjah, in accordance with that which is required by the public interest, issued the following law:

Article 1

The following words and expressions, wherever they are mentioned in this Law, shall have the meanings hereafter assigned thereto, unless the context requires otherwise:

State: United Arab Emirates
Emirate: Emirate of Sharjah
Region: The designated archaeological site in the Emirate.
Department: Department of Culture & Information
Head: Head of the Department
Directorate: Sharjah Archaeology Authority & Heritage in the Department
Director: Director of the Directorate

Article 2 - Antiquity

a. An antiquity left behind by earlier civilizations or generations, movable or non – movable, created, made, engraved, portrayed, inscribed or built by man before 1900 AD, including caves, coins, potteries, manuscripts, documents and other handicrafts which indicate the emergence of science, arts, crafts, religions, civilizations related traditions or vital historical events related regions, any additions to the same or whatever rebuilt after the date of such antiquities.
b. Human, animal and plant remains dated before 600 A.D.
c. Upon the approval of the Head, the Directorate may consider the non-movable or movable properties as antiquities as bearing historical or artistic characteristics and representing a national heritage.

Article 3 - The Two Types of Antiquities

a. Non-movable monuments: monuments connected to the land whether built on or located underneath the same, also what is found under national waters, including remains of cities, archaeological mounds, caves, castles, forts, walls, religious, civil and military buildings and schools.
b. Movable monuments: a separate monument, from the land or the non-movable monuments, whose location may be changed without causing damage to it or its related parts. Movable may be deemed non-movable if the same was a component of a non-movable monument, connected to it or formed a decoration or an inscription on it.

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