In 2004, Fátima earned a Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology from Facultad de Ciencias Antropológicas of la Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (UADY). She has participated in a variety of archaeological research projects with the National Institute of History and Anthropology of Mexico (INAH) and the Institute of Anthropology and History (IDAEH) in Guatemala. Her most recent projects include “Salvamento Arqueológico PP-118 Kikteil” and “Proyecto arqeológico SAHI-Uaxactun,” both in Guatemala.
Since 2005, Fátima has been a professor at PICY working with students of foreign institutions. Her diverse range of classes includes “Contemporary Mayan Culture,” “Mayans of Yesterday and Today,” and “Introduction to Archaeology.” She has also contributed developing community projects in Yucatán.
Fátima specializes in Speleology, or the study of caves, their exploration and preservation. She is the current President and a founding member of Grupo Espeleológico Ajau. Since 1997, she has been participating in a variety of projects such as “Apoyo en exploración, registro, dffusión y conservación de las cuevas de Yucatán,” which involved expeditions to explore the historical uses of caves in Yucatán. She has also been a member of the archaeological association Xiimbal K’aax since 2012, located in Mérida along with Ajau.
Fátima has also participated in a wide variety of enthographic research projects, the most recent being “Catálogo de comunidades indígenas y manifestaciones culturales en 19 entidades federativas,” which worked in the eastern part of the state of Yucatán as part of the National Commission for the Development of Pueblos Indígenas (CDI-CIESAS).
In addition, Fátima has collaborated with PICY in the development of independent and academic projects of our students, as supervisor for internships in field studies and serving as a link between our institution and rural communities.
As a photographer, Fátima has collaborated in a variety of projects including documentaries, reports, and diverse publications since 1997. Her work has been shown in numerous expositions and festivals in galleries throughout Mérida and Yucatán along with the states of Campeche, Quintana Roo, and Chiapas.