ancient ports Archive

26 Jan 2015

THE KEYS THAT OPENED SANISERA’S DOORS

Excavations carried out at the Roman city by Sanisera Archaeology Institute (Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain) have recovered several bronze keys during the past few years. All of them were located in several rooms from buildings 10 and 11 and,
24 Jun 2014

A DAY IN THE SANISERA FIELD SCHOOL: ROMAN CITY DIG

In 2008 The Sanisera Field School started its courses at the Roman city of Sanisera. During all these years many students have come to Menorca (Balearic Islands, Spain) in order to dig up the Roman remains located
6 Jun 2014

RECYCLING AMPHORAE IN THE ROMAN CITY OF SANISERA

The main function of an amphora was that of storing and transporting different kinds of foodstuffs and liquids (olive oil, wine, grain, garum, etc) all throughout the Roman Empire. When amphorae reached a port, many of them
2 Jun 2014

Concentric circles in bone artefacts in the Roman city of Sanisera (Spain)

As may other civilizations, Romans reused animal bones to make objects out of them.  Workshops for the production of these objects were located inside the limits of cities, since they did not require either a big space
17 May 2014

THE SHIP THAT CRASHED INTO THE COAST OF SANISERA

During the archaeological activities in 2013 many isolated fragments of Tarraconensis Amphorae were discovered, in a place not easily accessible and close to the coast. In these first days of the new campaign 2014 of The Sanisera
13 May 2014

“10.000 MILLIMETERS UNDER THE SEA” By KATIE CLEVENGER

During the first session of the 2014 season, the underwater students have been surveying an area just outside the natural port of Sanisera (Sanitja, Menorca, Balearic Island, Spain).  The survey methodology being used is called linear survey.
11 May 2014

DISCOVERED THE FIRST STREETS OF THE ROMAN CITY OF SANISERA

Many Roman cities were laid out with a grid system of streets meeting at right angles. In those cases, cities were divided by a regular grid of avenues intersected by narrower streets. There were two major streets
4 May 2014

WINE & BEER IN THE PRE-ROMAN TIMES IN SANISERA (Menorca, Spain)

Studies by The Sanisera Field School have revealed important data on trade of alcoholic beverages in the waters of The Roman Harbour of Sanitja. Several boats seem to have carried some kind of fermented vegetable substance. However,
30 Apr 2014

DISCOVERED NEW PUNIC SHIPWRECK IN THE NORTH OF MENORCA (BALEARIC ISLANDS, SPAIN)

The Sanisera Archaeology Institute held last year an exceptional discovery that shows the existence of Punic vessels in The Sanitja Port, northern Menorca in the pre-Roman period. There are few known examples in the waters of Menorca,
22 Jan 2014

TARRACONENSIS AMPHORA STAMPS FROM THE ROMAN CITY PORT OF SANISERA (MENORCA, SPAIN)

Pliny, classical author, wrote in his stories that three cities were founded in Menorca, and Sanisera is one of those. According to archaeological objects discovered and the stratigraphic sequence confirmed by excavations, this port was developed in