Fernando Menéndez-Marsh, MA

PhD student

Universiteit: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

Hello, I would like to introduce myself. I am a PhD student at the University of Groningen (Department of Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology). I studied Archaeology at the Complutense University of Madrid and the University of Sheffield. Later on, I specialized in Geographic Information Technologies when I obtained a master’s degree in Madrid again. During my career I have worked and studied in different archaeological research environments of Spain, Portugal and the UK. My interests are related to Landscape Archaeology and how to effectively use geospatial technologies for archaeological purposes.

I recently started my PhD titled “The impact of Rome in central-western Iberia (second century BC- first century AD): A Landscape Archaeology perspective”. The PhD is directed by professors T. Stek (KNIR and U. Groningen), T. de Haas (U. Groningen) and A. Carneiro (U. Évora, Portugal) and it is linked to the KNIR research project The impact of Roman imperialism in the West: settlement dynamics and rural organization in Iron Age and Roman Portugal. In my thesis I will aim to study, from a Landscape Archaeology perspective, the impact of the Roman arrival and consolidation in the lands of present day northern and central Alentejo (Portugal) and western Extremadura (Spain). Its goal is to understand this complex process in a regional perspective but to also contribute to the study of broader research questions related to Roman imperialism and colonization in the wider Mediterranean. During my PhD studies I will visit the KNIR for research stays and I am looking forward to meeting the research community at the institute.