U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued a final rule that, effective Aug. 14, imposes import restrictions on certain archaeological materials from Algeria.
The designated list of materials covered by this rule includes archaeological material representing Algeria’s cultural heritage that is at least 250 years old, dating from the Paleolithic, Neolithic, Classical, Byzantine, and Islamic periods and into the Ottoman period to A.D. 1750. Covered items include the following.
- stone architectural elements, mosaics, relief sculptures, monuments, statuary, sepulchers, vessels and containers, furniture, inscriptions, tools and weapons, jewelry, and seals and stamps
- ceramic architectural elements, statuary, figurines, vessels, and lamps
- metal statuary, reliefs, inscribed or decorated sheet, vessels and containers, jewelry, seals, tools, weapons and armor, and coins
- bone, ivory, shell, and other organic materials (statuary, figurines, reliefs, plaques, steles, inlays, jewelry, seals and stamps, vessels and luxury objects, tools, manuscripts, and human remains)
- glass, faience, and semiprecious stone architectural elements, vessels and containers, jewelry, and lamps
- painting and plaster (rock art, wall painting, and stucco)
- textiles, basketry, and rope