Report on the Huacals or Ancient Graveyards of Chiriqui


Describes an 1858 Discovery by two Spanish creole farmers in Chirique of a cash of golden artifacts and eventually a graveyard. The two excavated the artifacts without being discovered until May of 1859. After they were discovered thousands of people looted the graveyard located in Huscal (25 miles from the current city of David). Thousands of pounds of gold were reportedly taken from the gravesite. This document also contains bulletins from the subsequent meetings.

Cite this Record

Report on the Huacals or Ancient Graveyards of Chiriqui. King Merritt. Bulletin of the American Ethnological Society: 3-14. 1860 ( tDAR id: 4559) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8VH5MRV

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Temporal Coverage

Calendar Date: -4600 to 1500

Radiocarbon Date: 680 to 600

Spatial Coverage

min long: -82.09; min lat: 6.577 ; max long: -77.959; max lat: 9.969 ;

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