Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) fellow Dr. Nicole Smith-Guzmán has been cataloging and analyzing skeletal artifacts in Panama in cooperation with the Dumbarton Oaks Museum. This partnership is supported by STRI’s knowledge of ecological studies and Dumbarton Oaks’ renowned collection of Pre-Columbian art. Dr. Smith-Guzmán’s recent archaeological work centers around the reexamination of artifacts from the Playa Venado site. Although the established interpretation of this site is a violent and brutal environment, Dr. Nicole Smith-Guzmán’s published findings contradict this interpretation and are supported my modern technology and advancements.
Sciencedaily recently published an article about Dr. Smith-Guzmán’s work, detailing its findings and their significance to archaeology.