Natalia Donner is an Argentinian/Mexican archaeologist who obtained a BA at Universidad Veracruzana (Mexico) and then a Masters in Mesoamerican Studies at UNAM (Mexico).
Since 2003, she participated in several archaeological projects in the Mexican Gulf Coast; and between 2008 and 2011 she directed Proyecto Arqueológico El Carrizal, in South-Central Veracruz. Through that project, she made contributions to the regional ceramic sequence, settlement patterns history, as well as implemented a public archaeology program. In addition, her team excavated and conserved the earliest ball court in Veracruz, dated for the end of the Proto-Classic (100 B.C. – 100 A.D.) and the beginning of the Early Classic (100 – 300 A.D.).
Later, she collaborated at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, where she researched a ceramic collection from Isla Pedro Gonzalez, Las Perlas Archipelago. After that, she worked for the Education Department at Frank Gehry’s Biodiversity Museum in Panama, where she focused on developing school materials related to archaeology and engaged in the teacher training program. Currently, she is part of Dr. Alexander Geurds Central Nicaragua Project, where she is working to re-define the ceramic sequence of Chontales.