Pre-Columbian Art Museum Felipe Orlando
This collection of some 750 pieces of Pre-Columban art contains items from Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru. There are also some representative pieces from Ecuador, Chile, Honduras, Panama, Colombia and El Salvador, too, though these are much smaller in number. The collection of archaeological findings discovered locally (about 250 articles) were uncovered at the sites at Cueva de los Botijos, Cueva de la Zorrera , the Roman Salting plant and others of lesser importance.
This building, which was built specifically to house the museum, seeks to blend into the surrounding architecture by copying the style of other Manor houses in the locality. It has three storeys, the museum occupying the two lower ones, while the upper floor is currently inhabited by the museum’s director, though this could later be used to expand the museum if necessary. In fact, at this very moment in time this possibility is being considered by the board. Each floor is divided up into smaller rooms (eight in all), which are inter-connected by a single walkway.
Rooms I and II.- Local Archaeology. On display here are remains found at the caves if Cueva de los Botijos and Cueva de la Zorrera, predominantly pottery from the late Neolithic and early Aeneolithic periods (between the IV and IV millennium). Many items feature printed, flecked, carved and ribbed decorative elements. Worthy of note among the remainder of the pieces on show are some stone bracelets from La Zorrera dated at 5,000 B.C. Other areas of both rooms are home to archaeological remains of Roman origin (pottery, mosaics, household furnishings etc.), all of which are dominated by the sculpture of Diana the Hunter that stands at the centre of Room I.