Castillo Receives NSF DDRIG

Archaeology Ph.D. candidate Victor Castillo has been awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation for his project “Communal Ritual at Chiantla Viejo, Guatemala: The Transition of a Highland Maya Community to Spanish Colonial Rule.” Under the direction of Dr. Takeshi Inomata, Victor will conduct archaeological excavations at a late Maya site in western Guatemala, where he will study how processes of religious change offered a framework for collective action in native communities facing the expansion of colonial powers. Specifically, Victor will focus on the role of open spaces for public gathering and communal ritual in times of great social stress. An abstract of the project can be found here.