Panama’s Caribbean Bocas del Toro Province was assumed to have been settled only 1400 years ago and to have remained isolated throughout its brief prehistory. Recent research has uncovered much evidence to the contrary. This project seeks to provide a broader range of information to better evaluate the region’s settlement history and developing social complexity. To date the Proyecto Arqueológico Sitio Drago has uncovered evidence of a much older settlement history and illustrated evidence of contact with cultures hundreds of kilometers away. The 2014 field season will focus primarily on excavation and data recovery from a mortuary area in the central part of Sitio Drago. Previous excavation has uncovered an area adjacent to 5 burials that is rich in artifacts and faunal remains indicative of some sort of ritual feasting activity. We will continue working in this area and gather data to better understand the nature of the proposed ritual behavior and social structure at the site.
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Full program
Room and Board Arrangements
Student housing is located in Boca del Drago, Isla Colón, Bocas del Toro, Panamá. Student housing consists of a large rented vacation house, 50 m from a white sand beach and 20 m from the main road. The house contains 2 indoor showers and 4 indoor toilets. Two outdoor showers are also available. A maid will clean the bathrooms and public areas of the house once a week. Students will be responsible for maintaining cleanliness and organization at all times. A reverse osmosis water filtration system will provide pure drinking water at the student house.
Project staff and students will eat three meals each day together at Restaurante Yarisnori, on the beach in Boca del Drago. The restaurant is inspected and approved by Panamanian health authorities and provides filtered, drinkable water. All meals are prepared fresh by the kitchen staff each day. Special dietary needs can be adequately addressed as the restaurant has been serving archaeological field schools for the past 10 years. Vegetarian meals are always available and, with prior warning, gluten-free or allergen-free meals may be prepared.