Advocacy News

October 1, 2012

U.S. Extends Agreement to Protect Archaeological Heritage in Guatemala

U.S. Department of State

On Friday, the United States and the Government of the Republic of Guatemala announced that they have extended the bilateral agreement between these two countries in the continued efforts to protect the archaeological heritage of Guatemala. This agreement began in 1991 with the emergency imposition of import restrictions on items from Guatemala into the United States in the efforts to help prevent the pillage of Guatemala’s rich archaeological heritage. Effective September 28, 2012, the agreement has been extended for a period of five years.

The AIA would like to thank all of its members who submitted letters to Washington D.C. and CPAC in support of this extension. Public comments are an important part of the extension process, and we are thankful to have such an active group of supporters at the AIA!

For more information on this extension, visit the U.S. Department of State website at To view the press release, visit the website of the Federal Register at


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