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Global Legislation

Today there are laws and statutes protecting archaeological resources--and punishing looting--in many countries.
  1. Repatriation and NAGPRA

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is an independent political body of the United States government created under the National Historic Preservation Act, to advise the President and Congress on historic preservation issues.

Archeological Resources Protection Act of 1979
ARPA is the original act to protect archaeological resources of the US, on the National Park Service website.

Heritage Law
A guide to the laws protecting archaeological sites and historic buildings on countries throughout Europe; includes external and internal pages on various countries, primarily in English.

The acronym NAGPRA refers to one of the most important pieces of American legislation affecting archaeologists.

Section 106
of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, requires US Federal Agencies to consider the effects of their undertakings on the cultural resources which might be impacted.

The American Antiquities Act
From the National Park Service.

The ICOMOS Charter on Protection of Underwater Resources
In 1996, the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) assembled this charter, supported by UNESCO, to protect underwater archaeology sites around the world.

The Second Protocol of the Hague Convention
For the protection of cultural property in the event of armed conflict, revised and published March 26, 1999.

The World Heritage Center
The WHC, an arm of UNESCO compiles a list of cultural heritage sites (defined as monuments, groups of buildings or sites of historical, aesthetic, archaeological, scientific, ethnological or anthropological value) deemed of international importance. Not much data on the sites, but considerable on issues.

Valetta Convention
The Valetta Convention is a document signed by the member nations of the European Union, to agree on the protection of cultural heritage across the countries. This page includes the amendments and other related documents.

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