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.

Heritage in Peril: Iraq and Syria

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry joined the Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas Campbell, and other distinguished guests to highlight the destruction of irreplaceable cultural heritage taking place at the hands of violent extremists.

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.

May 29, 2015
Under Secretary Richard Stengel Travel to Paris
April 27, 2015
U.S. Support for the United Nations Arria-formula Meeting on the Destruction, Smuggling, and Theft of Cultural Heritage
March 21, 2015
Repatriation of Iraqi Artifacts


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