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Peru-US Memorandum of Understanding


Extension and Amendment of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Peru concerning the Imposition of Import Restrictions on Archaeological Material from the Pre-Hispanic Cultures and Certain Ethnological Material from the Colonial Period of Peru  82 Fed. Reg. 26340 (June 7, 2017).


                The MOU restricts the importation of Pre-Colombian archaeological artifacts dating from approximately 12,000 B.C. to approximately 1532 A.D., including: textile and feather objects, metal figurines, weapons, jewelry, ceramic vessels, figurines, beads; and artifacts made of bone, straw, wood, and cane; with special attention paid to artifacts of the Moche civilization from the Sipán region in northern Peru.  The MOU also restricts the importation of Colonial period artifacts and ethnological material, including ecclesiastical clothing, paintings, sculptures, and wood and metal artifacts directly related to Peru’s Pre-Columbian past, as well as objects used for religious evangelism among the indigenous peoples.

Background information, full texts of all the relevant documents (in both English and Spanish), and examples of the restricted objects can be found on the U.S. State Department's website at: Peru Information Page

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