The U.S. Department of State has renewed the Charter of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee for a two-year period, effective May 1, 2012. The Committee advises the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs on the protection of cultural heritage.
The membership of the Committee consists of private sector experts in archaeology, anthropology, ethnology or related fields; experts in the international sale of cultural property; and representatives of museums and of the general public.
Established by the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act (Public Law 97-446), the Committee reviews requests from other countries seeking U.S. import restrictions on archaeological or ethnological material, the pillage of which places a country’s cultural heritage in jeopardy. The Committee submits its findings and recommendations to the Department which carries out the President’s delegated decision-making responsibilities as set forth under the Act.
For more information on cultural heritage and preservation at the Department of State, please visit: http://exchanges.state.gov/heritage/