The ancient and historic monuments, objects, and archaeological sites of the world enrich and inform today's societies, and help connect us to our cultural origins. The Department's Cultural Heritage Center specializes in the protection and preservation of these irreplaceable resources, working on many fronts to safeguard the patrimony of other countries.


U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken joined the Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas Campbell, and other distinguished guests to forge a public/private response to save the endangered patrimony of Iraq and Syria.

Red Lists of Cultural Objects at Risk

These compact booklets designed for police, museums, dealers, collectors, and the general public illustrate the types of cultural heritage objects looted from archaeological sites, stolen from museums and churches, and illicitly trafficked.

October 6, 2015
United States and Nicaragua Extend Memorandum of Understanding to Protect Cultural Heritage of Nicaragua.
September 30, 2015
Uniting Against Threats to Cultural Heritage in Iraq and Syria
September 25, 2015
Conflict Antiquities: Forging a Public/Private Response to Save Iraq and Syria's Endangered Cultural Heritage


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Have cultural property agreements to preserve their heritage