Mati Castillo says her identity is deeply rooted in her community.
The senior Latinx Student Association president spent the summer excavating and surveying Mayan sites with the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project. Under the direction of Pitt anthropology assistant professor Claire Ebert, the Oxnard, California, native and Spanish and anthropology double major walked away with more than a historical understanding of the area.
“We emphasized community archaeology and worked with Mayan descendant communities to ensure local input,” said Castillo.
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