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U.S. Will Work To Protect Bulgaria's Cultural Heritage

Published on 17 January 2014

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by Office of the Spokesperson


Washington, D.C.

Alexander Minchev Showing Golden Mask
Alexander Minchev Showing Golden Mask

U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria Marcie Ries and Bulgarian Minister of Culture Petar Stoyanovich signed an agreement between the U.S. and Bulgarian governments on January 14 that will protect Bulgaria’s cultural heritage.

The agreement allows the countries to collaborate to reduce the looting and trafficking of Bulgarian antiquities and provides for their return to Bulgaria. The country’s heritage includes items such as the 2,500-year-old golden Thracian mask being shown by archaeologist Alexander Minchev above. The agreement builds on the United States’ long-term commitment to cultural preservation and respect for the traditions of other countries, the State Department said in a January 15 press release.

The agreement also provides for the exchange of cultural property for cultural, educational and scientific purposes.

The U.S. government has published in the Federal Register a list of types of items protected by the agreement, which range in date from 7500 B.C.E. to approximately 1750 C.E. Such material may enter the United States only with appropriate documentation.



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Posted 2014-01-17 09:52:00