The United States is one of over 115 states party to the 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property ("the Convention") (PDF). The Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act ("the Act") (PDF) empowers the Department of State to consider requests from governments party to the Convention to impose import restrictions on archaeological or ethnological material.
Cultural Property Protection
March 21, 2015Repatriation of Iraqi Artifacts
March 8, 2015United States and El Salvador Extend Memorandum of Understanding to Protect the Cultural Heritage of El Salvador
February 23, 2015Now is your chance to provide information to the Cultural Property Advisory Committee as it considers extending the Italy MOU