Costa Rican hotel turns in 276 pre-Columbian artifacts

September 10, 2010

 

A hotel in Heredia turned over its entire collection of Costa Rican artifacts on Monday, in compliance with a1982 law that declares that all pre-Columbian pieces found in Costa Rica are property of the State.
 
The collection, which has long been on display at the Hotel Bougainvillea, consists of 276 high-quality, pre-Columbian ceramic and stone pieces.
 
According to the hotel’s website, http//www.hb.co.cr/art.html the collection includes a three-legged tripod used as a platform to hold a deceased person before burial, a pot used to transport corn, a ceremonial urn used to bury stillborn babies and a small collection of cups used to drink chocolate.
 
“Most of the archaeological artifacts on display are original,” read a description on the website. “Some bear signs of restoration but provide interesting insight into customs of a period of life a thousand years ago or more.”
 
The National Museum has been making headlines as of late for its efforts to collect privately held artifacts of the country’s pre-Columbian heritage. In the past few months, police have raided private homes, diplomats have negotiated with foreign museums and collectors are voluntarily boxing up their items and taking them to the museum’s storage facility in the western San José district of Pavas, apparently in an accelerated initiative to reclaim items (TT, Aug. 27).
 
Museum Director Patricia Fumero, who is on leave following a controversy involving artifacts held by members of her family, would prefer to put a moratorium on the seizure of artifacts.
 
“It’s more important to document these pieces and have photos of them than what has happened in other countries, where they have been smuggled across borders and lost,” she said. “(A moratorium) would give us the opportunity to locate existing pieces and ensure they are properly documented and stored, and that they are protected.”
Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Five things I learned while watching the sun set over El Clásico
Soccer
830 views
Soccer
830 views

Five things I learned while watching the sun set over El Clásico

Alejandro Zúñiga - October 22, 2018

TIBÁS — It’s difficult to enjoy a spectacular sunset while the concrete grandstand of a 50-year-old stadium shakes haphazardly under…

The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Oct. 22, 2018
Tico Times Weekly Digest
429 views
Tico Times Weekly Digest
429 views

The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Oct. 22, 2018

Alexander Villegas - October 22, 2018

It's Monday everyone. That means it's time for another dose of The Tico Times Weekly Digest. This week's Digest is…

This week in the Peace Corps: Lessons from indigenous communities in Limón province
Changemakers
901 views
Changemakers
901 views

This week in the Peace Corps: Lessons from indigenous communities in Limón province

Crystal / Regional Peace Corps Leader - October 22, 2018

After four years with Peace Corps Costa Rica, I am reflective about living and working in indigenous communities throughout Limón…