The necropolis of Las Huesas. Investigating the funeral ritual of the aborigines of Gran Canaria

The first population of the Canary Islands was led by Berber groups from North Africa around the first centuries of the Age Las Huesas, a necropolis of the aborigines of Gran Canaria First time on the island, evidence of ritual deposits of domestic fauna in burial contexts is identified Location of the cemetery of Las…

Following in the footsteps of transhumance in antiquity

The project ‘Following in the footsteps of transhumance in antiquity: study of livestock farming practices and cultural landscapes in the eastern Pyrenees through archaeozoology (Institut Català d’Arqueologia Clàssica) investigates the livestock farming that was practiced in mountain areas in pre-Roman and Roman times (5th to 3rd centuries AD) and the local, regional or interregional character…

Project Utica. Research of the Phoenician-Punic city

The ancient city of Utica (Tunisia) was the oldest Phoenician foundation in Africa according to ancient Greek and Latin texts. After the fall of Carthage it was the capital of the Roman province of Africa and one of the most important cities of the Mediterranean in antiquity The area occupied by the Phoenician city has…

From nomadic hunter-gatherers to sedentary farmers and ranchers

Changes in the lifestyles of nomadic hunter-gatherers who became sedentary farmers and stockbreeders were decisive for human history. Between 14,000 and 9,000 years ago, hunter-gatherers began to live in sedentary villages. These changes took place, for the first time, in the Middle East, in the current countries of Israel/Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and…

Termez in Bactriana (Uzbekistan): Greek colony, centre of Central Asian Buddhism and Islamic city

Integrated deposit in the Silk Road Its strategic location makes Termez a prominent political and economic centre  Study of the city from an archaeological Holistic study of ceramics that is produced and used as an indicator of the passing of the city The fortification of Tchingiz Tepe in Termez The project takes place in the…

What is cinnabar? The pigment of Roman mural painting

Characterization of the geological origin of cinnabar pigments used in Roman mural painting in the northeastern quadrant of Hispania. Cinnabar is a mineral of the sulphide class, characterized by a beautiful vermilion colour that, once reduced to dust, produces one of nature’s most valued red pigments. Fragment of cinnabar from the mine of Las Cuevas…

Researchers at the UAB discover a late period ritual space dedicated to the god Horus in Berenike, Egypt.

The “Sikait Project” team discovers a late period ritual space dedicated to the god Horus in the Greco-Roman port of Berenike, Egypt. Project focuses on analysis of emerald production and marketing in Roman Egypt This discovery is one of the few evidences of this cult in Late Roman Egypt The second archaeological excavation campaign of…

La Blanca, Mayan city exceptional for its palatial constructions

La Blanca Project, fifteen years of exploration in the Mayan cities of the Mopán Valley (Petén, Guatemala). La Blanca, an exceptional Mayan city due to its palatial constructions, has the widest vault ever documented in the entire Mayan area. Located near Petén, cradle of the Mayan civilization City abandoned in the famous “collapse” of classical…

Anillo con signaculum Tossal Baltarga

Did Hannibal and his troops pass through the Pyrenees?

A very important site for understanding the processes of iberization and romanization of the Eastern Pyrenees Largest batch of ceramic material ever recovered in the Eastern Pyrenees Findings of jars, loom weights, animal skeletons, and Roman military elements Hannibal and his troops through the Pyrenees, a historical episode of first magnitude, today still very poorly…

Remains of 27 Iberian-Roman equids in Lleida

New studies have been started focusing on the diet of the 27 equids intentionally deposited in the Ibero-Roman silos of the Serrat dels Espinyers, next to the old Aeso Aeso, now Isona, was the most northwestern Roman city in Catalonia The presence of mules suggests the Roman military establishment as hybrid equids are more characteristic…