The Casa del Alabado Museum’s archaeological collection is composed of some 5,000 pieces. This pre-Columbian art collection ranges from objects made by Ecuador’s oldest societies (dating back to 7,000 B.C.), to the arrival of the Spaniards in approximately 1530 A.D.
Ecuador’s ancient cultures inhabited all the region’s varied geographical areas, ranging from the Pacific coast to tropical forests and the mountains of the Andes. These cultures created extraordinary artefacts for ceremonial and utilitarian purposes in pottery, stone, conch, metal, textiles and wood. The technical skill and diversity of styles and shapes of outstanding aesthetic value are the most significant characteristics of this collection.