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February 27, 2020

NetworkEU-LAC: Final General Assembly to be held in Costa Rica

The final EU-LAC-MUSEUMS General Assembly will be held in Costa Rica’s Finca 6 archaeological site, Museo Comunitario de Boruca and the Museo Comunitario Yimba Cajc working in partnership with our Costa Rica partner; Museo Nacional de Costa Rica. Researchers from across the consortium will meet to discuss project research.

Finca 6 is the second archaeological site open to the public in Costa Rica, along with Guayabo. It’s one of few cases with conserved residential constructions having associated stone spheres. Some of the spheres present are in situ, meaning they have never been removed since their discovery. It’s located in the community of Finca 6-11, in Palmar Sur of Osa, Puntarenas, on the Diquís delta. Lands extend over a vast plain formed by the confluence of rivers Sierpe and Grande de Térraba. Source

Museo Comunitario de Boruca seeks to highlight the ancestral techniques of manufacturing and natural weaving of craftwork, weavings with threads, vines and the carving of masks. It also aims to revitalise the traditional culture of Boruca. The museum’s building itself is an example of the type of ranch that was used in ancient times as a traditional housing of indigenous people. Source

Museo Comunitario Yimba Cajc is made by the community and for the community, where the memory of the people is told with the voice and work of its own inhabitants. Its architecture represents the different historical moments of housing in the community and, like the museography, it is the product of the talented work of artisans and builders of Curré. It also represents a window to the pre-Columbian past, which is complemented by the stone spheres that protect the entrance to the museum. It also displays the origins of the community, the life of its first settlers and the struggles for the autonomy of the indigenous territory. Source



Launched in October 2016, “EU-LAC-MUSEUMS: Museums and Community: Concepts, Experiences, and Sustainability in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean” is a research project aiming at providing a better understanding of the cultural, scientific and social dimension of the relationship between the EU and LAC, approached from the perspective of community museology.

To address this challenge, EU-LAC-MUSEUMS assembles a team of leading academics, museum professionals and policy makers working in Scotland, Portugal, Spain, France, Peru, Chile, Costa Rica and the West Indies, coordinated by the University of St Andrews in Scotland. The project, which runs until 2020, was conceived under the auspices of ICOM and funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme under the Call INT12 (2015) “The cultural, scientific and social dimension of EU-LAC relations.”