This exhibition contains artifacts discovered during a 1940 archaeological excavation on the banks of the Rio Grande, Coclé in Panama. The Rio Grande flooded there, eroding its banks and causing gold beads and other artifacts to become exposed after laying undisturbed underground for over 1000 years. The team from Penn Museum who excavated the site, soon discovered that this was an ancient burial ground for the Precolumbian Coclé people, and as people were often buried with some of their prized possessions, many of the finds were magnificent.
Once the guided tour was over, we took a wander through the rest of the building, through the Gardiners' collection of European porcelain and old pottery from the Americas. We learned about "Augustus the Strong" who was the King of Poland in the early 1700s and was also obsessed with Chinese porcelain and discovering the secret to creating it because Europeans didn't know how to make porcelain at the time.
All in all, a pretty fun, laid-back, educational day! Here are some more pictures from our Saturday: