Alejandro G. Sinner

Alejandro G.  Sinner
Office: Clearihue B423


My research focuses on the social, economic and cultural history of Roman Spain and the western provinces. Most notably, I have conducted research and published in Iberian numismatics and epigraphy, demography, household archaeology, cultural change and identity formation, pre-Roman languages and archaeological method and theory.

Recent Publications:

La ceca de Ilduro, Oxford: Archaeopress Archaeology, 29 (2017).

“Rural religion, religious places and local identities in Hispania: the sanctuary at Can Modolell (Cabrera de Mar, Barcelona).” Journal of Roman Archaeology 30 (2017), 267-282 (Co-authored with V. Revilla).

"Del oppidum de Burriac a las termas de Ca l’Arnau. Una aproximación a la lengua y la identidad de los habitantes de Ilduro (Cabrera de Mar, Barcelona)," Archivo Español de Arqueología 89 (2016). 

"Cultural contacts and identity construction: a colonial context in NE Spain (2nd – early 1st c. B.C.)," Journal of Roman Archaeology 28 (2015), 7-37.

"A Central Italian coin with "Dionysus / panther" types, and contacts between central Italy and Spain, in the 2nd and 1st centuries BC," Saguntum 46 (2014), 159-180 (Co-authored with C. Stannard).

Research in progress:

In the area of numismatics, I have recently completed a book (co-authored with M. Campo) entitled Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum Italia (Vol. I., Hispania). The manuscript studies the Hispanic coins from the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze that derive from the collections of antiquities assembled by the Medici family from the 15th century onwards. In the field of comparative linguistics and pre-Roman languages, together with J. Velaza (University of Barcelona) we are finishing editing a volume entitled Palaeohispanic Languages and Epigraphies. The book will be published by Oxford University Press and is devoted to the study of the indigenous languages of the Iberian Peninsula (the so-called Paleohispanic languages). In total over three thousand inscriptions are preserved in what is certainly the biggest example of epigraphic expression in the western Mediterranean world outside the Italian Peninsula. Finally, as part of my research project Beyond contacts: tracing identities and cultural change in the Roman West, I am working together with Prof. Revilla (University of Barcelona) on an edited volume discussing Religion, identities and cultural change in Hispania between the 3rd century BCE and the 1st c. CE. The main objective of this book will be to approach new forms of historical analysis of religious phenomena (cult, rituals and spaces) in the ancient world and evaluate their explanatory potential to understand the processes of cultural and social change; in particular, the processes associated with the impact of a conquest and the subsequent colonial process.

Current Projects:

Beyond contacts: tracing identities and cultural change in the Roman West. The project includes the excavation of the following archaeological sites:

Excavations at ancient Ilduro (Cabrera de Mar) Catalonia, Spain (2014-present).

Sanctuary of Can Modolell (Cabrera de Mar) Catalonia, Spain (2017-present).