Passed away Beatriz Barba Ahuatzin (Mexico City, September 16, 1928), who in 1956 became the first woman to graduate in archeology in Mexico, reported Diego Prieto, director of National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).
Through a message on Twitter, the anthropologist lamented the death and indicated that all “his colleagues from INAH mourned him and sent a loving greeting to his [email protected], [email protected], family and [email protected]”.
With 92 years of generous and fruitful life, Beatriz Barba Ahuatzín, an eminent anthropologist and archaeologist, went to catch up with her beloved Román on the roads of Xibalbá. His colleagues from INAH we cry and send a loving greeting [email protected], [email protected], family and [email protected] pic.twitter.com/Zb75Eqtm4K
– Diego Prieto (@dprieto_) January 29, 2021
In 1956 she became the first woman to graduate in archeology in Mexico; However, her studies did not stop, as she continued and obtained the degree of teacher (1982) and doctor (1984) in anthropological sciences from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
Along with his studies, he participated in archaeological excavations in Tlapacoya, Tlatilco, State of Mexico. He also founded the National Museum of Cultures and participated in the planning of the Anthropology National Museum (MNA), which was inaugurated on September 17, 1964.
The death of Beatriz Barba was also mourned by Alejandra Frausto, Secretary of Culture, who stressed that she was the founder of the Mexican Academy of Anthropological Sciences: “Prolific and generous teacher of many generations, she was a column of the institutions in which she participated.”
Beatriz Barba, the first woman to graduate as an archaeologist in Mexico, and founder of the Mexican Academy of Anthropological Sciences, died. Prolific and generous teacher of many generations, she was a column of the institutions in which she participated. My deepest condolences to his family pic.twitter.com/MOixP78pFN
— Alejandra Frausto (@alefrausto) January 29, 2021
On his Twitter account, historians Alfredo Ávila and César Moheno also added to the condolences.
Sad news: Beatriz Barba died, one of the most prominent Mexican archaeologists and anthropologists, the first woman to obtain the title of Archeology in Mexico.
He went around making holes in Tlatilco, studying the people of the capital and organizing museum and library rooms.
– Alfredo Ávila (@alf_avila_) January 29, 2021
Moheno pointed out that Barba “is a source of the teaching profession” of the INAH, also stressed that he fought for the rights of academics and “a teacher for generations. In its generous library consciences were sown ”.
Doña Beatriz Barba is a source of the magisterium of the @INAHmx It is the 1st. Archaeologist of the ENAH, she is the creator of the National Museum of Cultures, she fought for the rights of academics. She is a teacher for generations. In its generous library consciences were sown. Huge loss
– César Moheno (@cesar_moheno) January 29, 2021