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Credit: Image of Harry S. Truman building in Washington DC, courtesy Wikimedia
A new book reveals the role that the US State Department, working with other departments, plays in overseas archaeology. It looks at the interplay between funding and diplomatic goals. A major change in this role over the past decade has been the creation of grant programs to conserve antiquities and historic sites as well as record indigenous languages and craft techniques throughout the world. In this photo gallery LiveScience takes a look at some of the sites that have been major beneficiaries.