History Archive

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),
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
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,
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
1 Jul 2014

SANISERA ARCHAEOLOGY INSTITUTE TAKES YOU TO ROME AND POMPEII

The Sanisera Archaeology Institute offers the opportunity to students of visiting 2 of the most important cities in the Roman world: Rome, the capital of the Empire, and Pompeii, whose excellent preservation allows us to admire the architectural
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
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,