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
January 3, 2017U.S. Department of State Partners with International Council of Museums to Fight Illicit Traffic of West African Cultural Heritage
November 29, 2016Secretary Kerry Signs Cultural Property Protection Agreement With Egypt
August 17, 2016United States Imposes Emergency Import Restrictions To Protect the Cultural Heritage of Syria