Panama: Bocas del Toro Archaeological Project
Discovered in the summer of 2002, Sitio Drago is a large (15 ha) site located on the Caribbean shore at Boca del Drago, on northwest corner Isla Colón in the Bocas del Toro archipelago. The local environment is hot, humid and alive with all sorts of exotic tropical plants and animals – ashore, on the reefs and in the mangroves. The ceramic artifacts collected from Sitio Drago exhibit a diversity of specimens that hint at external connections to Chiriqui on the Pacific coast and SW Costa Rica, and the central valley and Guanacaste regions in northwest Costa Rica. Carved stone “metate” fragments recovered from Sitio Drago are similar to complete examples found throughout Panama and Costa Rica. Given the diverse array of artifacts the project is focused on examining what the site can tell us about prehistoric social organization, trade and external relations in the region and whether Sitio Drago represents a unique chiefly settlement.