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Efforts to Protect Cultural Property Worldwide

The United States and other countries have initiated a number of actions and meetings to help protect the world's cultural heritage. Many archaeological and ethnological objects which have entered the United States illegally, have been recovered by the U.S. Customs Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Working with other local and international agencies, such as Interpol, law enforcement personnel from these agencies have been assisted immeasurably when stolen objects are registered and documented. Special initiatives like the Object ID initiative sponsored by the Getty Art Information Network describe the minimal level of documentation necessary to identify a registered object. 

Noted here are a number of governmental and non-governmental organizations and private museum organizations in the United States and abroad which offer assistance, such as training in conservation and record keeping to help protect important archaeological sites and objects. 

 

Database of Stolen Art

  • Art Loss Register 
    666 Fifth Avenue, 21st Floor
    New York, NY 10103
    Telephone: (212) 262-4831
    Fax: (212) 262-4838


U.S. Law Enforcement Agencies

International Law Enforcement Agencies

 

Documentation

 Conservation and Preservation

 

SELECT FROM THE FOLLOWING: 

Database of Stolen Art

U.S. Law Enforcement Agencies 

International Law Enforcement Agencies

Documentation 

Conservation & Preservation  
 

 
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