About Us

Current Faculty and Staff

The museum is overseen by the Director, Dr. Betsy Bryan, and staffed by Curator/Conservator Sanchita Balachandran.  A Faculty Advisory Board advises on museum matters.

Director Dr. Betsy M. Bryan, Alexander Badawy Chair of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, Department of Near Eastern Studies.  Dr. Bryan specializes in the history, art, and archaeology of the New Kingdom in Egypt, ca. 1600-1000 B.C., with a particular emphasis on the 18th Dynasty, ca. 1550-1300 B.C. Dr. Bryan’s research interests include the organization and techniques of art production as well as the religious and cultural significance of tomb and temple decoration. As part of this research she has studied the unfinished elite painted tomb of the royal butler Suemniwet, ca. 1420 B.C. and is publishing it as a study in painting and its social meaning in the mid-18th Dynasty. Her current fieldwork is in the temple complex of the goddess Mut at South Karnak which she divides with the Brooklyn Museum’s expedition. Dr. Bryan’s research focuses on defining the earliest forms of the temple of Mut of Isheru. Retrieval and restoration of the decoration and architecture of the Hatshepsut and Thutmose III-era shrine is her present field project and is enlarged by study of the rituals represented by the early remains.

Sanchita Balachandran is the Curator/Conservator of the Museum and Lecturer, Department of Near Eastern Studies.  Recent courses taught include Critical Issues in Art Conservation (Fall 2011); Introduction to Museum Practice (Spring 2011); and Objects in Focus: Materials, Techniques, History (Spring 2009).  She will be teaching the course “Examining Archaeological Objects” in Spring 2012.  Balachandran’s current research interest is in the history of metals conservation in India, and examining the technical, political and social dimensions of conservation science in colonial India.  She completed her graduate work in art history and art conservation at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.


Faculty Advisory Board

The museum is advised by a Faculty Advisory Board.  Our Board includes:

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Departments which have historically worked with the archaeological collection, and continue to teach with our objects include Near Eastern Studies, Classics, and History of Art, the Museums and Society Program, and now the Undergraduate Major in Archaeology.  Recently, courses in the department of Materials Science and Engineering as well as Expository Writing included work on museum artifacts.  A full listing of courses taught at the museum is available here.

The Archaeological Museum also works with the other JHU Museums including Homewood House and Evergreen Museum and Library.

About Our Site

This website was designed by Maarten Ottens from mmott visual.  The majority of the photographs seen on our site were taken by James T. VanRenssalaer and Will Kirk of Homewood Photography.