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Kathleen writes "Early next year, U.S. restrictions on importing artifacts stolen from Italian museums and archaeological sites will expire. In effect since 2001, the bilateral agreement that imposed these restrictions has helped catch criminals and has shown America's commitment to protecting an important part of our world heritage. This gesture of goodwill has also led Italy to allow long-term loans of important artifacts and works of art to American museums and institutions, so that the American public can learn more about Italy's rich and storied past.
See the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs on International Cultural Property Protection.