Monday, March 4, 2013

Belize Final Rule Published

It was reported last week that the United States and Belize entered into a bilateral agreement to establish import protections covering jeopardized archeological heritage.  The final rule has now been published.  It details the types of objects covered under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The final rule, adopted pursuant to the Cultural Property Implementation Act (CPIA), imposes import restrictions on cultural objects crossing into the United States from Belize.  The items protected include archaeological objects over 250 years old and dating from the Pre-Ceramic (from approximately 9000 B.C.), Pre-Classic, Classic, and Post-Classic Periods of the Pre-Columbian era through the Early and Late Colonial Periods. 

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