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Canal Project Expands Panama Archaeological Treasure

During the expansion of the Panama Canal, excavators found 2,250 archaeological pieces that will go on display around the country. Items included a bottle of Coca-Cola from 1940, a 1903 Springfield rifle, train cars used during the French Canal efforts, weapons, hundred of bottles, cannonballs, ceramics and even a human tooth dating back long before the arrival…

Monolith Discovered in Darien

Archaelogists uncovered an ancient carved monolith in the province of Darien. The piece was taken to the old Reina Torres de Arauz Museum, where it is being held with other historical items in the custody of Panama’s National Institute of Culture. Meanwhile, experts will evaluate and date the monolith. The last pieces of stone with similar…

First Free Black Town Uncovered in Panama

A team of historians and archaeologists from the University of Barcelona and the Patronato of Panama Viejo have identified the remains of Santiago del Principe, the first settlement founded by free blacks in the Spanish Empire. Also known as Maroons or Cimarrones, the settlers were former African slaves who escaped, resisted the attacks of the Spanish colonial…

New Vaults in the Old Town

A team of Spanish archaeologists have discovered eight new vaults along Paseo Esteban Huertas at the tip of Panama’s historic Casco Viejo neighborhood. The discovery was made during the restoration of the Casa del Soldado de la Independencia, which will house a new Spanish cultural center next to the National Cultural Institute. Historical records of the…

Story Behind Quarry Heights

From An American Legacy in Panama: A Brief History of the Department of Defense Installations and Properties, prepared for the United States Army South through the Directorate of Engineering and Housing, United States Army Garrison-Panama, by Graves+Klein, Architects, Engineers of Pensacola, Florida: “The first military troops to arrive on the Isthmus of Panama were the United…