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Archaeologist Omar Aguilar Sánchez receives Mexican youth prize

On October 21st, 2019, the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, handed out the National Prize for the Youth in the academic achievement category to our PhD candidate Omar Aguilar Sánchez. He received this honour for his work on Mixtec pictorial manuscripts.

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An excellent student

Reflecting on Omar's great achievement, Professor emeritus Maarten Jansen states: 'Omar, a native speaker of the Mixtec language, is indeed an excellent student, continuing the tradition of fifteen Mexican PhD candidates who in past years have finished their doctorate under my supervision. His work on Mixtec codices continues the work of his mentor, Mixtec researcher Gabina Aurora Pérez Jiménez, who has taught Mixtec language and culture at this university.'

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