Faculty Advisor

Chiarelli, James A.

Project Center

Panama City, Panama


El Caño Archaeological Park documents a process of cultural evolution resulting in stratified social structures in Pre-Columbian societies. To better understand the specific culture of this region, Fundacion El Caño, the foundation conducting research at the archaeological site, has undertaken a comparative study of flora specimens found in archaeological contexts and flora currently present in the park. To aid with their study, over 40 unique species were identified in the park and many of them were preserved as herbarium specimens through approved botanical and archival techniques. Flora specimens were collected, pressed and dried, mounted, identified, labeled and prepared for curation at Museo El Caño as a comparative collection for future reference and continued study.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted


Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs