“The sitio Drago field school not only allowed me to enjoy the beaches and jungle of the tropical paradise that is Panama but also the cuisine and culture of the Caribbean while doing archaeology. The field school gave me the opportunity to learn survey and excavate an abundance of fascinating artifacts such as shell, bones (human and animal), beautiful ceramics and beads and learn about the people who inhabited the island more than a thousand years ago and how they interacted with the environment. The pursuit of this knowledge became increasingly relevant as we paralleled the island’s prehistory with a study of the present day people on the island and the breathtaking mystery of the jungle and marine fauna, flora and insects of today. The Sitio Drago field school in Panama encompasses two of the most wonderful experiences a student could ask for: An environment of unparalleled natural beauty for me to enjoy, where I also happened to gain skills that will serve me well in my future academic pursuits. And Tom is probably the most fun and knowledgeable field school director you will ever have the pleasure of working with!”
-Aleksandra van Loggerenberg, UCLA (2009)
“My summer working at Sitio Drago was one of the most unique and intriguing field schools I’ve had the pleasure to be a part of. The setting is beautiful – how many field schools take place on a Caribbean beach? Daily meals are served at a local restaurant on the beach, we have every Saturday off to explore the island and take part in the local nightlife. The archaeology at Sitio Drago is unlike any I’ve seen before – the sheer amount and diversity of artifacts found, as well as their preservation, is astounding. So much is unknown about the indigenous inhabitants of this site that it offers a wealth of present and future research opportunities; this fact alone was one of my primary reasons for working at Sitio Drago and I look forward to continuing research there in future field seasons."
-Kristina Eronat, UCLA (2009)