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.

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.

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October 18, 2016
ECA Recognized for Protecting Cultural Heritage
September 22, 2016
U.S. Department of State Announces New Cultural Heritage Initiatives
August 18, 2016
Delegation of Functions and Authorities Under the PPICPA


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Protecting and Preserving Cultural Heritage

See how agreements are formed through the CCPIA

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