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
June 16, 2017
Public Summary of the Request from the Government of Libya for a Cultural Property Agreement
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June 6, 2017
United States and Peru Extend Memorandum of Understanding, Over 2,000 Items Have Been Repatriated
March 30, 2017
U.S. Department of State and Smithsonian Partner on Emergency Cultural Heritage Work in Iraq

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Protecting and Preserving Cultural Heritage

See how agreements are formed through the CCPIA

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