U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued a final rule imposing emergency import restrictions on certain archaeological and ethnological materials from Libya. These restrictions are effective as of Dec. 5 and will remain in place until May 30, 2022.
The designated list of materials covered by this rule includes archaeological material representing the Paleolithic, Neolithic, Punic, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Islamic, and Ottoman periods and cultures, dating approximately 12,000 B.C. to 1750 A.D., as well as ethnological materials representing categories of Ottoman objects derived from sites of religious and cultural importance made from 1551 A.D. through 1911 A.D. Covered items include the following.
- stone sculpture and statuary, sepulchers, vessels and containers, furniture, inscriptions, tools and weapons, architectural elements, and jewelry, seals, and beads
- metal sculpture, vessels and containers, jewelry and other items for personal adornment, seals, tools, weapons and armor, coins, architectural elements, ceremonial paraphernalia, and musical instruments
- ceramic and clay sculpture, architectural elements, vessels and containers, and objects of daily use
- glass, faience, and semi-precious stone architectural elements, vessels, beads, and mosque lamps
- painting (including rock art and wall painting)
- plaster stucco reliefs, plaques, stelae, and inlays
- textiles, basketry, and rope
- bone, ivory, shell, and other organic material statuary, figurines, ceremonial paraphernalia, reliefs, plaques, stelae, inlays, personal adornments, objects of daily use, seals and stamps, and luxury objects
- wood tablets, architectural elements, sculpture, and Koran boxes
- leather and parchment books, manuscripts, and musical instruments