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Cultural Heritage Center Activities

Learn about Cultural Heritage Center projects and initiatives.

Red Lists of Antiquities at Risk

Red Lists of Antiquities at Risk

Red Lists of Antiquities at Risk are compact, illustrated booklets designed for customs officials, police officers, museums, art dealers, and collectors, to help them recognize the general types of archaeological, ethnographic, and ecclesiastical objects that have been looted from cultural sites, stolen from museums and churches, and illicitly trafficked.

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 Future of Babylon Project

Future of Babylon Project

The U.S. Department of State is assisting with management planning, preservation, and educational development at the ancient site of Babylon, home to the “Tower of Babel” and Nebuchadnezzar’s wondrous “Hanging Gardens.”

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 The Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage

The Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage

The Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage (IICAH) is a state-of-the-art educational facility in Erbil, where international experts are training Iraq’s museum and heritage professionals in the preservation of their national treasures. Th

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Tikal National Park Project, Guatemala

Tikal National Park Project, Guatemala

A U.S. Embassy and Guatemalan Ministry of Culture initiative supported the development of a “Master Plan for the Physical Security of Tikal National Park,” which contains one of the largest and most important ancient Maya archaeological sites.

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Syria Cultural Heritage Initiative

Syria Cultural Heritage Initiative

The United States strongly supports efforts to preserve Syria’s cultural heritage. Six of Syria’s heritage areas are on UNESCO’s World Heritage List and 12 more have been nominated for inclusion.

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Heritage in Peril: Iraq and Syria

Heritage in Peril: Iraq and Syria

U.S. Department of State and The Metropolitan Museum of Art held an event titled “Heritage in Peril: Iraq and Syria” amid the United Nations General Assembly week.

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