The ancient and historic monuments, objects, and archaeological sites of the world enrich and inform today's societies, and help connect us to our cultural origins. The Department's Cultural Heritage Center specializes in the protection and preservation of these irreplaceable resources, working on many fronts to safeguard the patrimony of other countries.

Red Lists of Cultural Objects at Risk

These compact booklets designed for police, museums, dealers, collectors, and the general public illustrate the types of cultural heritage objects looted from archaeological sites, stolen from museums and churches, and illicitly trafficked.

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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Protecting and Preserving Cultural Heritage

See how agreements are formed through the CCPIA

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