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Sitio Barriles Archaeological Dig (Volcan)


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We visited Sitio Barriles last Sunday. I have been reading about this site for a couple of years. This is a small site with probably the oldest known people occupying Central America before Baru's Eruption----Possibly Chinese and Africans (Pre-Colombia). The Link below gives a lot of details of the site. The tour guide doesn't go into details about the dates of the site. She did general explanations and dates. We had the Spanish tour guide and enjoyed the tour. There is an English guide but we don't know the days for this. The site is small and the original huge artifacts are in a museum in Panama City. The tour guide did say the area is full of artifacts from the same time period on private property but they refuse to allow excavation. The Link below has a good detailed discription of Sitio Barriles.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barri

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Nice photojournal, Hil, and thanks for sharing. It appears that Edna has more artifacts on display in el museo now than she did ten years ago. The history of her family's care of Sitio Barriles, and some of the conflicts that were fomented by outside archaeologists and "officials" was disheartening, challenging, and extraordinarily complex for the family. That they were able to preserve what they have is a testament to their tenacity and their genuine love and respect for the site and its remaining treasures.

I personally enjoyed the opportunity, several times, to wander the quiet little loop trail that meanders up the ridge to the south of the interpretative trails in the little canyon. Much like exploring the less-accessible trails in Mesa Verde N.P., for example, it provides a sense of what life was like for the original inhabitants, and an appreciation for what their world looked like all those generations ago.

Sitio Barriles is truly a treasure for the discovering.

 

Thanks again,

 

Dav

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