Museo Nacional de Costa Rica
Pre-Columbian

On your visit by the Pre-Columbian Room, you will discover the lifestyle of ancient cultures starting 12,000 years B.C. up to the arrival of the Spaniards, 1,500 years A.D.

A series of economic, social, political, and religious changes that occurred in the societies that inhabited our national territory determined the following historic periods which are displayed in the exhibition:

  1. Lifestyle of Hunters – Collectors (12,000 B.C. – 2,000 B.C.)
  2. Lifestyle of the Egalitarian Villager (2,000 B.C. – 500 B.C.)
  3. Lifestyle of the Cacique-ruled Villager (500 B.C. – 1,550 A.D.)

Ceramic, stone, jade, and bone objects will show you how creatively the ancient inhabitants of these lands took advantage of all resources available in nature to satisfy their own physical and religious needs.

You will also find arrow points, bowls, metates, burials, necklaces, pendants, earrings, and some other objects used for personal ornament and in rituals.

You can find more information about other attractions at the Pre-Columbian Room in the document attached.

Brochure of the exhibition

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