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.

Announcements
March 8, 2015
United States and El Salvador Extend Memorandum of Understanding to Protect the Cultural Heritage of El Salvador
February 23, 2015
Now is your chance to provide information to the Cultural Property Advisory Committee as it considers extending the Italy MOU
February 18, 2015
Notice of a Proposal to Extend the MOU between the U.S. and Italy

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Bilateral Agreements

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


In their own words

Mamadou Cisse visiting Chaco park with small group of people
Mamadou C. Participant Civic and Government Leaders Mali International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) United States Read the story
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Have cultural property agreements to preserve their heritage