The history of the excavations of Pollentia date back to the first quarter of the 20th century, under the auspices and management of the Societat Arqueològica Lul·liana (Lul·liana Archaeological Society). Since then, many people and institutions have dedicated great effort to unearthing a civilisation that lived approximately two thousand years ago in this region.
Included amongst these were, most notably, the Professors Gabriel Llabrés Quintana and Rafael Isasi in the 20s, and Professor Lluís Amorós in the 40s and 50s. At the end of the 50s, with the creation of the Centro Arqueológico Hispanoamericano (Hispano-american Archaeological Centre) under the patronage of the William Bryant Foundation, a period of stability in the works began when the figures of Arribas, Tarradell and the American W. Woods were notable as heads of excavations.
During the first thirty years, three large houses were excavated in the area of La Portella (that of El Cap de Nina, the Dos Tresors and the Nord-Oest). The plot known as Can Reinés has been identified as the city’s Forum and here there was a Capitolium Temple, two small temples and an arcaded market area.
After the 90s, the W. Bryant Foundation gradually ceased its activity and the Council of Alcúdia, in collaboration with the Consell de Mallorca (Majorca Island Council), furthered the consolidation of the excavated areas, closed off the site and designed a project to incorporate the Forum. All of these actions, together with the new impetus behind the site and the creation of the Consortium of the Roman City of Pollentia at the end of the 90s, have ensured that there is no longer any delay in excavation tasks and that Pollentia occupies the place it so deserves in the History of Majorca.
The vision we have today of Pollentia is quite fragmented, as only a small part of the entire city has been excavated. Initially it was thought that the dimensions of the city were between 10 and 12 hectares, but the archaeological work of recent years has revealed that it must have covered 16 or perhaps more.