List of archaeological sites in Colombia

Archaeological sites in Colombia are numerous and diverse, including findings and archaeological excavations that have taken place in the area now covered by the Republic of Colombia. The archaeological finds and features cover all periods since the paleolithic, representing different aspects of the various cultures of ancient precolumbian civilizations, such as the Muisca, Quimbaya and Tairona among many others. Preservation and investigation of these sites are controlled mainly by the Ministry of Culture, the National Institute of Anthropology and History, and the Bank of the Republic. The lack of funding to protect sites and enforce existing laws, results in large scale looting and illegal trading of artifacts.

Photograph of Tairona gold pendants in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. Repatriation of archaeological treasures is a very important issue for the Colombian government

List of archaeological sitesEdit

Age Period Site Image
10,400 BC Late Pleistocene-preceramic El Abra  
9000 BC - 1537 Late Pleistocene-preceramic-Herrera-Muisca Tequendama
6500-1500 BC Andean preceramic Checua
6000-5000 BC Neolithic Monsú and Puerto Hormiga  
3000-700 BC Andean preceramic-Herrera Aguazuque
2500-1500 BC Andean preceramic El Infiernito  
1600-500 BC Delayed Cacical El morro del tulcán  
600 BC - 300 Formative Sinú Malagana-Sonsoid Malagana
800 BC Early Tairona Ciudad Perdida  
200 BC Classic San Agustin San Agustín  
200 BC - 600 Classic Tierradentro Tierradentro  

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