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Issue #19: Winter 2024  February 10, 2024 
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Chilean Laws pretaining to the Collection, Import, Export and Sale of Fossil Material


The National Monuments Council (Spanish: Consejo de Monumentos Nacionales) is the Chilean government agency dedicated to the preservation and upkeep of special natural and cultural sites in Chile. The National Monuments Council was created in 1925 by law Nº 17.288. All paleontological fall under their perview, and any collection of any paleontological material must be done with their permission. There is no leagal casual collecting.

The Supreme Decree No. 484 of 1990 of the Ministry of Education, published in the Official Gazette on April 2, 1991: set the Regulations on Excavations and / or Archaeological, Anthropological and Paleontological Surveys.

Though the UNESCO Convention created international agreements pretaining to the import and export of Cultural Items during 1970, Chile did not ratify the convention until April 14, 20141, joing the convention at that time.

Application for fossil collecting permits must be made to the Consejo de Monumentos Nacionales (The National Monuments Council). Visit their website for more information,

Council of National Monuments
Av. Vicuña Mackenna 84,
Providencia, Santiago
Tel. (56-2) 2 997 86 00

1. Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. Paris, 14 November 1970, UNESCO Legal Instuments visited 9 July 2019

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