Local August 10, 2011 | 10:02 am

Dominican archaeologist continues attracting glances of the world’s scientific community

Santo Domingo.- The feat of Dominican archaeologist Kathleen Martinez, which has circled the globe with her project “In search of Cleopatra’s tomb,” continues attracting the attention of the world’s scientific community. And that’s the reason the scientist of Chinese origin Ng Tze-Chuen, known for his successful projects at NASA and the Russian Astronomy Center, will visit Dominican Republic for the first time.

Ng Tze-Chuen will spend two days on Dominican soil, during which he’ll define the needs which Dr. Martinez’s exploration has its final phase of the search of the tomb of Cleopatra, the last queen of the Nile. The scientist has sought to contribute by volunteering his knowledge to the project, noting its extreme importance for universal archaeology, as a result of the publication by National Geographic Magazine on the work carried out by the Dominican archaeologist. After his visit Ng Tze-Chuen will travel to Hong Kong to work in the design of a high tech robotic device that allows easier and more accurate access to the entangled Egyptian ruins.

During his stay in the country he’s scheduled to visit Foreign Relations minister Carlos Morales Troncoso and Santo Domingo Catholic University director, reverend Ramon Alonso Beato.

“Ng Tze-Chuen and I are joined by common things, he’s a dentist dedicated to the invention of robots and research devices and I’m a lawyer with a passion for archaeology. Both of us are chasing our dreams,” said Martinez after revealing that it’s the first time that a scientific personality of such importance comes to Dominican Republic.

Among Ng Tze-Chuen’s most important projects figure the robot built to enter the Great Pyramid at Giza, in Egypt and supports the Russian space program for the ongoing exploration of Fobos, Mars’ largest moon.

Kathleen Martinez

Five years ago Kathleen Martinez abandoned her traditional lawyer practice to seek her dream of searching for the tomb of the Ptolemaic dynasty’s last Pharaoh, Cleopatra VII, a woman whose attributes include even the reverence from the great Marc Antony, of whom history says risked everything for her.

She heads the team of archaeologists which has uncovered more than sufficient evidence to conclude that the tombs of the legendary Pharaohs could be beneath the temple of Taposiris Magna, in the outskirts of Alexandria, Egypt.

Martinez has become the only Latin American woman archaeologist allowed to excavate in Egypt and carries the Dominican Republic name very high, and the reason behind her affirmation that she hasn’t ceded her rights to anyone else because she really wants the discovery to be a Dominican accomplishment.