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.

Process and Purpose

Learn more about the purpose of the International Cultural Property Protection initiative and the process for establishing import restrictions on artifacts.

May 5, 2014
Cultural Property Advisory Committee Renews Charter
April 29, 2014
Public summary of the cultural property request from Egypt as announced in the Federal Register on April 14, 2014
April 18, 2014
Act now to give the Cultural Property Advisory Committee relevant information as it considers a request for an MOU from Egypt


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Bilateral Agreements

Learn more about the agreements countries have signed with the U.S. to protect cultural artifacts.

Have cultural property agreements to preserve their heritage