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Repository: Peabody Museum Archives, Harvard University
Call No.: 33-42
Location: Peabody Museum Archives
Title: Coclé Expedition Records,
Quantity: 9 linear feet (4 document boxes) (11 card file boxes) (3 oversize plans)
Abstract: The collection contains field specimen cards, grave excavation records, pottery cards, photo cards of the excavations, expedition records and field plans.
Sitio Conte, an archaeological site located in the Coclé province of Panama was used from approximately 450-900 A.D. In 1929, after hearing reports of the discovery of artifacts by local residents, Alfred Tozzer and Earnest A. Hooton traveled to Panama to both verify these discoveries and to make arrangements with the owner of the site, Señor Don Miguel Conte, for excavations to begin in 1930. The gold, pottery and other artifacts brought back to the Peabody Museum justified further work at the site and an expedition headed by Henry B. Roberts was sent in 1931. The Museum conducted a third season of excavations at Sitio Conte under the direction of Samuel K. Lothrop. During this season large quantities of decorated pottery were found, as well as objects of gold, carved bone, and stone. Lothrop's work at Sitio Conte culminated in his 1937 and 1942 publications (see below).Sources:
- Reports on the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, #64-67.
- Lothrop, Samuel K. Coclé: Archaeological Study of Central Panama. Part I: Historical Background. Memoirs of the Peabody Museum. vol. 7. 1937.
- Lothrop, Samuel K. Coclé: Part II: Pottery of the Sitio Conte. Memoirs of the Peabody Museum. vol. 8. 1942 .
The records date from 1930-1933 and contain field specimen cards, grave excavation records, pottery cards, photo cards of the excavations, financial records, field notes, correspondence, reports and field plans housed in 15 boxes and 1 drawer.
The collection is organized into five series and the records were transferred to Archives through three accession lots:
- Series I Field specimen and grave cards (Boxes 1-11)
- Series II: Expedition Records (1930), separated from accession file #30-49 (Box 12)
- Series III: Expedition Records (1931), separated from accession file #31-36 (Boxes 13-14)
- Series IV: Expedition Records (1932-1933), separated from accession file #33-42 (Box 15)
- Series V: Oversize (plans)
- Lothrop, Samuel Kirkland Papers #996-20
- Lothrop, Samuel Kirkland Collection of Negatives, #2004.24
- Lothrop, Samuel Kirkland and Joy Mahler Lothrop Papers #996-27