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6 Dec 2015

The Snake Motif in Eastern Arabian Pottery, by Michal Ann Morrison

Throughout Eastern Arabia, various Iron Age (1st millennium BC) sites have exhibited a fascinating set of artifacts-ceramics with the decoration of a snake.  Sarouq Al Hadeed, where Sanisera is currently excavating, is one of those sites. Sarouq
30 Nov 2015

Softstone Vessels in the Iron Age, by Michal Ann Morrison

One of the unique and beautiful things we are looking for at our site here in Dubai are softstones.  Softstones are made of talc, steatite and chlorite, and are incredibly soft to the touch. They are easily
26 Nov 2015

Archaeological Finds From the Magan Culture: An Overview of Pottery in Iron Age Arabia, by Michal Ann Morrison

The pottery found at Sanisera Archaeology Institute’s excavation site in Dubai is characteristic of pottery found throughout southeastern Arabia during the Iron Age. While our site contains more metallurgical artifacts than pottery, there is still a significant
23 Nov 2015

My Experience in Dubai (UAE) With Sanisera Archaeology Institute, by Michal Ann Morrison

Dubai, the land where old meets new. I am currently working with Sanisera Archaeology Institute on an excavation in the UAE, and, even with my extensive travels, I have never been to a country before this that
4 Mar 2015


During the V-VI centuries AD, Christianity was spread throughout the peninsula and the Balearic Islands. Therefore, the necropolis of Sanisera shows the funeral ritual of that time. We were talking about it in an other post. We
23 Feb 2015


Amongst many wares the inhabitants of Sanisera (Menorca, Balearic Islands) received from different parts of the Mediterranean through commerce, there was an intense commercial contact with Northern African from the 2nd century AD up to the 6th
15 Feb 2015


Romans were very skillful in carving and engraving designs in small gems, which formed part of different pieces of jewelry such as rings, pendants and earrings. Those gems, also called intaglios (engraved) and cameos (carved in relief),
10 Feb 2015

Ovens in Roman archaeological sites

In Roman archaeological sites we can always find features which are related to either domestic or industrial activities, such as hearths, ovens, kilns, cisterns and pits. Even though these structures were usually located in workshops for the
7 Feb 2015

African Oil lamps in the Roman city of Sanisera

Oil lamps were the instruments used by Romans to light up many spaces, not only houses but also temples and necropolis, among others. Oil lamps were produced throughout Roman times in pottery workshops, where potters used molds
31 Jan 2015

About the funerary ritual of Sanisera’s Necropolis

The majority of the tombs in Sanisera’s Necropolis (Minorca – Balearic Islands – Spain) are collective. This means that the tombs were used to bury several people from the same family or group. In late antiquity, after