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.

December 12, 2014
Notice of a Proposal to Extend the MOU between the U.S. and Nicaragua
September 11, 2014
Take this opportunity to provide information to the Cultural Property Advisory Committee as it considers extending the El Salvador MOU
September 10, 2014
Notice of Meeting of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee on October 7-9, 2014, with Open Session at 10:30 am on October 7


Bilateral Agreements

Learn more about the agreements countries have signed with the U.S. to protect cultural artifacts.

In their own words

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Have cultural property agreements to preserve their heritage