is the second major archaeological discovery in the province of Coclé.
The first one was at nearby Sitio Conte, when back in the 1920’s
Richard Cooke, a U.S. adventurer, discovered a similar site surrounded
by carved monoliths, most of which he unearthed and shipped to the
Museum of Indian Culture in New York.
by the information provided by Spanish conquistadors in the area around
the 16th century, historians have been able to conclude that the entire
region corresponding to the present-day province of Coclé was
an extremely prosperous Native American settlement with a history
covering over five millennia.
other pre-Columbian cultures, members of the so-called "Coclé
Culture" buried their dead with their belongings. In the case
of middle-class residents (perhaps the leaders of the hunting, fishing
and agricultural groups of the tribe), bodies were left to rot for
a number of months and the bones were later placed in well-adorned
ceramic urns, some of which are on display at El Caño’s
museum. The gold ornaments and artifacts are on display at Panama
City’s Anthropology Museum, on Plaza Cinco de Mayo.