Archaeology in Colombia

Information about archaeology in Colombia.

Archaeology is the science that studies human cultures through the recovery, documentation, analysis, and interpretation of material remains and environmental data, including architecture, artifacts, features, biofacts, and landscapes. Although the goals of archaeology vary, the overarching aim is simply to better understand mankind.

The World Heritage List includes properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage that the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value. Many of these archaeological sites, such as Machu Picchu in Peru and the Pyramid Fields of Egypt, are well-established tourist destinations. It's a good starting point for those seeking out examples of archaeology in Colombia.

Please submit your thoughts on World Heritage sites in Colombia or active archaeology dig sites that can be found in Colombia. If possible, please explain how a traveler can participate in or observe an excavation in progress.

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April 30th, 2008

Parque Arqueológico Monquirá (Archaelogical Park)

This place is known as The Infiernito. It is situated 5 km from Villa de Leyva. There are 30 phallic stone columns and more than a hundred small columns that were built 2200 years ago.

Some anthropologists believe that this place was consecrated to religious cults and fertility. Others believe that this was an astronomic observatory.
Nowadays, many researches are taken place in order to discover the origins and purposes of the stone columns.

I have been there - it is a smaller place than I expected but still it is a highlight of my trip to Colombia. Amazing stones, there is also a tomb and something that looks like a calendar/observatory. Very peaceful place.

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