The University of Sassari has focused on Archaeological Heritage for several years, under the auspicies of international institutions and funding bodies.
UNISS activities include all aspects of the management of archaeological sites and landscapes, standards and best practices for both archaeological research and cultural resource management.
Today, the Mediterranean basin is experiencing irrational waves which, rather than promoting national identities in the framework of a process of integration and free coexistence, have prompted dangerous mechanisms of disruption of national States, useless barriers and isolationisms. Totalitarianism and intollerance even affect the more evolved European States, where racism is often a sheer reality.
The Arabic world is trying to leave behind European colonialism, but their efforts often result in dangerous forms of nationalism.
We all understand the issues connected to migration flows from African countries: people flee on dangerous and unstable vessels trying to reach the European shores, which look charming to them, but are often insensitive and unable to embrace them as friends.
Today, the core issue is about finding a common ground to help different identities meet.
A new phase of the Mediterranean history is beginning, based on dialogue and multiculturalism.
Recovering a true and correct memory of the past, bringing together different cultures, must be such commong ground, a sound basis to build a future inspired by mutual respect: let us help our new European and African generations thrive, develop relations, find a common space to learn, exchange and build a future of peace.
Universities, research centres and institutions for the conservation of cultural heritage can and must provide the cooperation environment that our generations need.
(from a speech by Attilio Mastino, Former Rector Magnificus and Full Professor in Archaeology)