This is a brief excerpt from the document you requested from IFAR’s Art Law & Cultural Property Database.
Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 ("ARPA, unamended")
Public Law 95-96
The purpose of this chapter is to secure, for the present and future benefit of the American people, the protection of archaeological resources and sites which are on public lands and Indian lands, and to foster increased cooperation and exchange of information between governmental authorities, the professional archaeological community, and private individuals having collections of archaeological resources and data which were obtained before October 31, 1979.
(ARPA, unamended Section 2(b))
Click here to subscribe to IFAR's Art Law & Cultural Property Database to access this and other documents about U.S. and international legislation and case law concerning the acquisition, authenticity, export, ownership, and copyright of art objects.