The visitor to this Region will find a
diverse history of the land prior to the Spanish Conquest in 1536 which is
being pieced together to give insight into the lives of the original
inhabitants of the past. The Archaeological Museum of La Serena
is an excellent starting point because of its very well documented
collection from pre history onwards. The museum contains 25,000
pieces and can be divided into three categories; archaeology from all the
prehistoric cultures of the region, pottery from various cultures.El Molle
Culture 300 A.D.
- 700 A.D.,
the Animas Culture 700 A.D.
- 1000 A.D.,
the Diaguita Culture 1000
A.D. - 1470 A.D. and the Inca Diaguita
Culture 1470 A.D.
- 1536 A.D.)and
ethnographic and documentary archives. which include a large collection of
photographs and documents of the region.