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Museo Arqueológico de Estepona (Estepona Archaeological Museum)

Diputación de Málaga
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Museo Arqueológico de Estepona (Estepona Archaeological Museum)

Plaza de Blas Infante 1
Zip Code 29680
Cultural Areas > Museums

It houses an excellent collection of ceramics and other objects that once belonged to what may have been the Medina Istibūna, which was destroyed by Henry IV in 1460 due to its impossible repopulation.

Almost 200 of this type of structures have been excavated in the municipality of Estepona, dating back to around the 4th and 3rd millennium BCE. One of these pits contained a 5-cm figurine named the Venus of Estepona, which is on display in the Museum.

The oldest remains on display date back to the Paleolithic period and consist of a series of tools carved from stone. Also on show are remains from the Neolithic period and the Copper and Bronze ages, such as pottery, carved stone utensils and polished stone axes.

Of particular note among the materials from the Phoenician period are those found at the site known as "El Torreón", a former Phoenician settlement. The excavation of this site uncovered the remains of a number of houses, storerooms, amphorae, plates, a variety of ceramic items, coins, jewels and, most significantly, a terracotta image of the Phoenician god Bes.

It boasts an excellent collection of terra sigillata from sunken ships off the coast of Estepona. When these boats shipped an oil cargo to Rome, they would bring back lots of tableware made in the potteries of La Graufesenque (Millau, France).

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