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Efforts to Protect Cultural Property Worldwide

U.S. and international concern about looting and destruction of archaeological sites and the theft of cultural property has been expressed in the formulation of recommendations, resolutions and multilateral conventions promulgated by the United States and various international and regional organizations. Links to the major laws, conventions, regulations, and treaties are provided in U.S. Laws and International Laws. Links to law enforcement agencies and other institutions and programs are provided in Efforts to Protect Cultural Property Worldwide .
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