Import Restrictions on Archaeological and Ecclesiastical Materials from Honduras Extended
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued a final rule amending and extending for five more years the import restrictions in place on certain archaeological and ecclesiastical ethnological materials from Honduras. The State Department has determined that conditions continue to warrant the imposition of these restrictions as well as the addition of certain ethnological materials effective from March 12. The list of restricted materials includes Pre-Columbian archaeological materials ranging in date from approximately 1200 B.C. to approximately 1500 A.D. They include objects of ceramic, metal, stone, shell and animal bone representing the Maya, Chorti Maya, Lenca, Jicaque and Pipil cultures. The list also includes certain categories of ethnological materials used in ecclesiastical contexts in Honduras dating to the Colonial Period (approximately A.D. 1502 to 1821), including sculptures in wood and other materials, objects of metal, and paintings on canvas, wood or metal supports relating to ecclesiastical themes.