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Julia Mayo appointed STRI research associate

August 10, 2009

Julia Mayo appointed STRI research associate

STRI postdoctoral researcher Julia Mayo, from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, was recently appointed STRI research associate

STRI postdoctoral researcher Julia Mayo, from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, was recently appointed STRI research associate. Mayo, a Panamanian archaeologist, is leading the El Caño Archaeological Project, from her laboratories in the Center for Tropical Paleontology and Archaeology.

The watershed of Rio Grande in Coclé, where El Caño is located, is known for the discovery of large and ostentatious graves in Sitio Conte, during the 30´s and 40´s.

The El Caño project aims at investigating the past use of a complex of sculpted and unsculpted basalt columns lined up within Park limits. Some of these structures can be seen, but most of them are buried. Mayo and collaborators are conducting archaeological excavations at the site to discover the nature and function of the buried structures, which are revealed thanks to geophysical prospecting conducted in 2005 and 2006.

The El Caño project has been funded by the National Geographic Society (Research and Exploration Grant) and the program to increase international collaboration of Panama´s Secretariat for Science and Technology (SENACYT) since 2008.

Photo: Manuel Antonio Franco

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