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
April 10, 2018
Request from the Government of the Republic of Ecuador for a Cultural Property Agreement
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March 20, 2018
Cultural Property Advisory Committee Meeting May 2-4
March 9, 2018
United States and Libya Sign Agreement to Protect Libya’s Cultural Heritage

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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