archaeology Archive

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
23 Feb 2015

NORTH AFRICAN TABLE WARES IN SANISERA

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

THE ART OF ROMAN GLYPTIC

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
16 Jan 2015

CLEANING AND RESTORATION OF A SKULL FROM THE NECROPOLIS 4 AT SANISERA ARCHAEOLOGY INSTITUTE

During the excavation process, cleaning and inventory of excavated human remains at Sanisera Archaeology Institute some changes take place and they must be solved by anthropologists. Remains buried over 1500 years ago are now exposed and manipulated
12 Jan 2015

HAIR PINS FOUND AT THE ROMAN CITY OF SANISERA FIELD SCHOOL

Roman women had different ways to style hair, something which changed over the centuries depending on the fashion followed by the aristocracy in Roman Empire times. Our students found some examples during the campaigns in the Roman city of
15 Dec 2014

EXCAVATION OF ROMAN PORT CITY OF SANITJA, BY MARTIN HORNE

Martin Horne, one of students that have learned archeology in our  field school (Sanisera Archaeology Institute), has written an interesting project about the excavation of the Roman Port City of Sanitja. We are particularly pleased that people who