This is a very interesting site located about six kilometers outside of the town of Volcan. It has artifacts from A.D. 300-900, and is named for the barrel shaped object which was the first artifact found here. Archaeologists from around the world have been studying it since the 1940′s. Some of the artifacts have been taken to the National Museum in Panama City, but many can also be seen here.
The site is on a private family farm, and the owners are the custodians of the site and the artifacts. You can see stone carvings, ceramic artifacts, and excavation areas. Many of the stones are unusual because there is little to see until they are wet, and then the designs become visible. The boy who greeted us on arrival requested $3 per car to walk around on your own, or $3 per person for a guided tour. The owner was busy with another tour so we decided to walk around on our own.
Our friend Ryan has also visited this site and made a video of his trip. The link is HERE if you want to check it out. He took the tour so in his video you will see the owner explaining everything, and there is a lot of very interesting information.
I expected to see artifacts, but I did not expect to see so much other beauty. It is a spectacular area full of flowers, trees, and many birds. There are paths for walking, and I really enjoy exploring this area.
This was only one of our stops on this trip to Volcan. We visited Raquel’s Ark, and I will repost Joel’s blog post about that visit. On our way home we stopped by a Janson’s Coffee Farm. We were tired and didn’t have enough time to really explore this, so we will return on another day. It’s a beautiful spot with a lot of things to do, and looks like it is well worth a return visit.