The El Paso Museum of Archaeology unveiled its new special exhibition titled “Paquime and the Casas Grandes Culture” on Saturday.

Officials say the free exhibition showcases the importance of Paquime, a prehistoric ruin site located in northwest Mexico, during the 13th and 14th centuries AD. The city became an important trade center with “substantial quantities” of such commodities as turquoise, shell, colorful parrots, copper items, and more.

Paquime was a hub for the Casas Grandes culture, which was known for producing geometric pottery and raising exotic birds, according to the museum.

The exhibit will highlight several examples of the culture’s pottery. Officials say the museum’s collection of Casas Grandes pottery “is possibly one of the largest in the Southwest”. Some pieces will even be displayed for the very first time.

In addition to the exhibit, there will also be a small photograph exhibition in the museum’s auditorium showcasing three petroglyph sites in the Casas Grandes region, the museum said in a news release.

“Paquime and the Casas Grandes Culture” will run through October 21.

For more information on the exhibit, call the El Paso Museum of Archaeology at (915) 755-4332.