Cambodia and the U.S. have signed an extension to a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that imposes strict import restrictions on artifacts dating from the Bronze Age to the end of the Angkor Empire. The original agreement was signed in 1999 as an emergency response by the U.S. government to the rampant looting and pillaging of Cambodia’s rich archaeological heritage after decades of war and lawlessness, and was the beginning of a concerted effort to curtail illicit trafficking of stolen artifacts. Hab Touch, director-general for tangible heritage at the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, said Tuesday that this
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