Archaeology at the Lalo Loor Reserve
The coastal lowlands between Pedernales and Jama were home to the Jama-Coaque
cultures who settled the region beginning more than 2300 years ago.
The ancestors of these rich cultures are believed to be related to the
Nazca culture of northern Peru. The Jama-Coaque were highly advanced
technologically, being skilled in pottery, sculpture, metallurgy and
Remnants of this once industrious culture can be seen in burial sites
and ruins of settlements throughout the region. While some of these
sites sadly have been looted by grave robbers, many have been protected,
excavated and restored by professional archaeologists, and uncovered
artifacts donated to the municipality.
Several archeological sites are open to visitors, including the remains
of a ceremonial pyramid located near the town of Jama, south of the
reserve. Many artifacts from the region soon will be on display in the
municipal museum of Jama, now under construction.
Mr. Lalo Loor, the reserve's owner, has a personal interest in the
region's archaeology and has created a "virtual museum" presentation,
combining information on the region with images of the local landscape
and artifacts housed in local collections. To view the this presentation
in English or Spanish, click on the icons below and the presentation
will launch in Powerpoint.
Information about the Jama-Coaque cultures, along with exhibits of selected
artifacts, will be on display in the Lalo Loor reserve's new education
center, scheduled for construction in 2007.