field school Archive

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
4 Mar 2015

TYPES OF GRAVES IN THE SANISERA NECROPOLIS

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

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
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,
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