Glossary beginning with M

The Glossary provides basic legal and technical definitions for the most common terms related to the fight against illicit traffic in cultural goods.



Markings are visible traces or impressions. They may be specific to an object, allowing for ease of identification, or more generally applicable to a range of objects, e.g.: A logo on vases from a specific manufacturer. In general terms, markings are symbols, names or other identifiers.

Marking may also refer to the stamping of inventory numbers on objects when recording them.

Source: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language


The process whereby, with the prior consent of the parties concerned, an outside party intervenes to bring them together and to assist them in reaching an amicable solution of their dispute with respect to the restitution or return of cultural property.

Source: Arthemis, Art-Law Centre, University of Geneva

Metal detector

A device that senses the presence of metal. It may be a handheld unit used in searching an area for coins or other metal objects.

Source: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language

Movable cultural heritage

See "Cultural object".

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