Museo Nacional de Costa Rica
National Archeological Commission

The National Archeological Commission (CAN) is an organization created by the Archeological Patrimony Lay N° 6703 (published on La Gaceta, January 19th, 1982) to enforce the accomplishment of such law.  It is integrated by five representatives from different government institutions.

The current members in the Commission are:

 President: Elena Troyo (Ministry of Culture and Youth)
• Vice president: Mario Alvarado (National Commission of Indigene Matters)
 Secretary: Wilson Valerio (National Museum of Costa Rica)
• Vocal 1: Wilder Sequeira (Ministry of Public Education)
• Vocal 2: Maureen Sáncehz (University of Costa Rica)

The CAN also relies on legal related facts, like agreements, the Politic Constitution and other laws and decrees.  CAN has a handbook (N° 19016-C) which regulates its functions.  It was published on La Gaceta N° 111, on Monday, June 12th, 1989.

Some of the duties established by the Law N° 6763 for this organization are:

• Authorizing of archeological investigations based on articles N° 12 and N° 15, which states the mandatory supervision of every archeological work, along with the National Museum, to verify that the investigation takes place under the rules.
• Authorizing of archeological objects’ exportation in order to exchange investigations, according to the article N° 8.
• Authorizing of movable objects’ transfer in the country, article N° 14.
• Supervision of the Public Record from the National Archeological Patrimony stated on the article N° 16.

The Executive Decree N° 28174-MP-MINAE-MEIC, published on La Gaceta N° 202, October 19th, 1999, gives it the responsibility of keeping and updating a record of archeologists studying in the country.

The CAN has had to take actions on different levels in order to enforce these obligations.  The job requires the constant contact with developers, business, state institutions, consultants, and others.

The CAN meets ordinarily once a week (Friday) at the National Museum of Costa Rica (according to the article N° 2 , Handbook N° 19016-C, in MNCR) and extraordinarily on any other day.  The job takes place under the working days of the public administration and archeologists or developers are welcome in the meetings when solicited by the CAN, in order to clarify an issue on the area.