Archaeologist, Dominican Republic
Kathleen Martinez Berry is a is a Dominican archaeologist, attorney and cultural Minister Counselor. She was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She is the daughter of a prominent attorney and university professor and her mother a French-English bank technician.
Since her early age she showed an extraordinary intellect which made the Education Ministry just after a month in Kindergarten to exonerate her to attend the elementary level.
She studied English at Brown University in the USA, before graduating from law school at Pedro Henriquez Urena National University.
While still being a law student she starts her career winning the most important criminal case of the 1980s. She worked with the most prestigious law firms. In 1990 she opens her own law firm.
Since 1994 through 1998 she moves to Madrid, Spain and gets a master in Tax Law from the Madrid Financial Center, and starts her studies in archaeology and interpretation of hieroglyphics. In Spain, her children Angel and Chantal were born.
She returns to the Dominican Republic in 1999 where after 15 years of research she came up with a new theory: Finding Cleopatra and Marco Antonio’s grave in Alexandria in a secret location at the temple of Taposiris Magna.
Kathleen is the first researcher of Universal History that because of her findings has placed the Dominican Republic in the worldwide map of archaeology. She is the chief of the Dominican Egyptian mission in Alexandria “In search of Cleopatra” 2005-2011.
She has received a number of important awards including the Dominican Congress (2011), Ministry of Culture- Personality Award (2011), Ministry of Youth (2010), Scientific Investigation Award from the International Science Commission of the Dominican Republic (2010), Scientific Investigation Award, (2009).
Currently she is Minister Counselor for culture of the Dominican Embassy in Egypt, Dean of the Archeologist Department from the Catholic University of Santo Domingo and is preparing the season 2012 to continue her excavations in Alexandria.
She is also writing the book “In Search of Cleopatra” for National Geographic.