Manuel Buess Gurtner (1979, Wenslingen, Switzerland. Lives and works in Cologne) studied Archaeology at the University of Berne. In 2008 he conducted research in Andalusia, which became part of his degree thesis: Urban research through geophysical prospecting in the Iberian-Roman areas of Castulo. After studying in Berne he worked on archaeological digs as part of research on the settlements to the west of the Roman legion camp at Windisch, Switzerland.  Since 2009 he has been a researcher at the University of Cologne, where in 2010 he took a research doctorate funded by the Swiss National Foundation and the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), with a thesis titled Research on the settlements and economic structure in central Abruzzo in the Roman era and in the upper valley of the Aterno River.