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Some 1,600 gold artifacts produced over a thousand years by the peoples who inhabited this land before the arrival of the Spaniards

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Precolumbian Gold Museum

There's gold under that there plaza

For the peoples who inhabited this land before the arrival of the Spaniards in the early 16th century, gold was less a symbol of wealth and power than it was of spiritual value. They worked the metal for centuries and used it to adorn their bodies and even those of their animals. This museum run by the Costa Rica Central Bank Museums Foundation underneath downtown's Plaza de la Cultura is a collection of more than 1,600 items dating back to the 6th through 16th centuries. The shiny yellow metal objects are the stars of the show, of course, but there are also interesting exhibits about precolumbian culture and metallurgical technology and techniques.

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