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Artifacts and cave formations policy

Artifacts, heritage and grave-related items can be of significant cultural and personal value, and may be legally protected.

Artifacts and cave formations can have significant cultural value, and may be legally protected.

What is the policy?

Listings for artifacts, fossils and relics must:

  • Follow all government regulations
  • Be authentic and listed in the appropriate category
  • Empress of Ireland artifacts can only be sold and shipped within Canada
  • The sale and export of any objects which are culturally significant to Canada (including items from First Nations and the military, art, scientific or technological objects, texts, graphics, maps, photographs, sound recordings and musical instruments) are subject to regulation under the Canadian Cultural Property Export and Import Act. Items falling within one of the category of objects noted in the Canadian Cultural Property Export Control List - opens in new window or tab established under the authority of the Canadian Cultural Property Export and Import Act may require a cultural property export permit prior to their removal from Canada  

Listing for First Nation Items:

  • First Nations human remains, gravesite-related items, and burial items can’t be sold on eBay. Native American masks and prayer sticks from all Southwestern tribes also can’t be sold on eBay. This includes Native Hawaiian human remains, gravesite-related items and burial items. Please note, there are certain First Nations artifacts, currently in a reserve, which can’t be bought or sold without ministerial approval

Activity that doesn't follow eBay policy could result in a range of actions including for example: administratively ending or cancelling listings, hiding or demoting all listings from search results, lowering seller rating, buying or selling restrictions, and account suspension. All fees paid or payable in relation to listings or accounts on which we take any action will not be refunded or otherwise credited to your account.


Why does eBay have this policy?

This policy helps protect items of significant cultural value, and ensures that important government regulations are followed.

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