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How did you become interested in archaeology? Chuck draws part of a palace found in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Chuck draws part of a palace found in Oaxaca, Mexico.
   
Chuck Said
I grew up in Panama, where my father worked for the Panama Canal. I was always interested in the old ruins, the Spanish forts, and archaeological sites. I remember really enjoying a museum in Panama that had archaeological exhibits. I also always liked history and science in school.

One summer during college, I volunteered on an archaeological project in Oaxaca, Mexico, with one of my professors. I helped make a map of the site of Monte Alban. That summer was a real turning point for me. After college I spent two years working as an archaeological field assistant in Oaxaca, where I learned more about the people and their ancient cultures. Then I went to graduate school and got my Ph.D. so I could have a career as an archaeologist.

Twenty years later, I'm still fascinated by archaeology in Oaxaca.