A publication of the Archaeological Institute of America
As the oldest and largest organization in North America devoted to the study and preservation of the world's cultural heritage, the Archaeological Institute of America expresses its profound concern about the potential for damage to monuments, sites, antiquities, and cultural institutions as a result of war.
While aware that there are frequently other compelling concerns in times of war, the Archaeological Institute nevertheless urges all governments, working in accordance with the terms of the Hague Convention (1954), in concert with the public and the scholarly community, to develop and implement programs to protect ancient sites, monuments, antiquities, and cultural institutions in the case of war.
In addition, in the aftermath of war, the Archaeological Institute of America calls on all governments in a position to act to provide the necessary resources, human and financial, to assess the damage done by war to cultural property and to develop and implement appropriate plans for necessary repairs and restoration. In the case of the looting of antiquities and works of art, detailed plans developed by trained experts should be made for the proper repatriation or restitution of such cultural artifacts.
Approved by the AIA Governing Board 9/19/92; 92.II.7; published
in the AIA Bulletin vol. 84 (1992-1993), pp. 46-47.