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

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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 Sub-Saharan Africa International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) Western Hemisphere Read the story
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Have cultural property agreements to preserve their heritage