Advocacy

Founded in 1879, the AIA was chartered by the United States Congress in 1906, in recognition of its role in the development and passage of the Antiquities Act, which Theodore Roosevelt signed into law that year. Today, the AIA remains committed to preserving the world’s archaeological resources and cultural heritage for the benefit of people in the present and in the future.

News, Issues, and Initiatives

United States Extends MoU to Protect the Cultural Heritage of Honduras

March 14, 2014

The bilateral agreement, extended for a period of 5 years, includes new categories of protected cultural materials.

CPAC to Conduct Interim Reviews of Italy and Colombia MoUs

February 14, 2014

In March, CPAC will hold a closed meeting to review the MoUs with the Governments of Italy and Colombia.

U.S. Signs Agreement to Protect Cultural Heritage of Bulgaria

January 22, 2014

The US and Bulgaria signed a Memorandum of Understanding to combat the looting of cultural heritage objects in Bulgaria.

US Extends Agreement to Protect Archaeological Heritage in China

January 15, 2014

The United States extended its memorandum of understanding to continue protecting the rich archaeological heritage of China.

Opportunity to Support the Protection of Honduran Cultural Heritage

September 30, 2013

A US State Department committee considers a renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Honduras to further protect their cultural resources.

US Extends Agreement to Protect Archaeological Heritage in Cambodia

September 18, 2013

The United States extended its memorandum of understanding to continue protecting the rich archaeological heritage of Cambodia.

AIA Supports Designation of Five New National Monuments

April 5, 2013

AIA President Elizabeth Bartman recently signed a letter thanking President Barack Obama for his commitment to preserving our nation’s heritage.

Opportunity to Support the Protection of Chinese Cultural Heritage

April 1, 2013

A US State Department committee considers a renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China to further protect their cultural resources.

U.S. Signs Agreement to Protect Cultural Heritage of Belize

March 6, 2013

The US and Belize signed an MoU to combat the pillaging of cultural heritage objects in Belize.

Opportunity to Help Protect Cambodian Cultural Heritage

January 30, 2013

A US State Department committee considers a renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Cambodia to further protection of cultural resources.

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