And so it begins. The course attempting to recreate ancient Greek ceramics starts tomorrow. Follow the course on our blog--to be written each week by students--and cheer us on as we attempt to make a kylix--or two or three--in 13 short weeks.

Week 0 – Getting Started | Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum
Week 0 – Getting Started By Sanchita Balachandran Week 0 – Getting Started Festus (A Soldier) Sanchita Balachandran is the Curator/Conservator of the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum and Lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Studies. She teaches courses related to the identification and anal…
Below is an update on Museum Director Dr. Betsy Bryan's current excavations in Egypt. A few of the students that work in the museum were -and some still are- in Egypt participating. Working in the field and the museum create a well-rounded experience for students of archaeology.

Johns Hopkins team continues excavation, conservation efforts at ancient Egyptian burial site
A team of Johns Hopkins researchers and students, led by Betsy Bryan, a professor of Egyptian art and archaeology in the university's Department of Near Eastern Studies, has spent the past three weeks conducting field work at the Temple of the Goddess Mut dig site in Luxor, Egypt.
An inspiring example of many research fields and their techniques coming together to further archaeological studies. Hopkins students inspire others with your research on objects in the museum's collection by presenting at the April symposium. The abstract submission deadline has been extended.

X-Rays Open Secrets Of Ancient Scrolls
Scientists have used a particle accelerator to read ancient scrolls without unrolling them. The breakthrough could potentially be used to decipher hundreds of texts.
Have you conducted any research on our collections and would like to share it? Consider presenting at our Symposium in April! The deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended so there is still time!

Not our collection, but a bit of Johns Hopkins University archaeology history. This is a picture from a JHU science fair in 1980. Do you recognize any people in the photo?

Members of the Archeological Society of Maryland Inc booth. Science Fair, John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. 1980
Jen has been busy rehousing some of our Greco-Roman lamps. While the lamps were in archival housing, it wasn't ideal for our collection. The set-up might work for a museum that keeps objects in storage for long periods, but we have found that with a teaching collection, we tend to move individual pieces around for classes or research. Having many lamps in one tray meant we would be either moving lamps that didn't need to be moved or putting the needed lamp in a temporary tray that did not have ideal support. To solve this, we are moving each lamp to its own box. Shortcuts and museums rarely go together!

The museum is thrilled to introduce Jen Torres, our new Collections Technician. Jen will be working on rehousing and photographing our collection as part of the IMLS grant the museum was awarded in 2014. The grant supports our goal of making all 10,000 objects in the collection available for study and research. Jen will be receiving her MA in Museum Studies at The George Washington University in the spring and has worked as an intern (with 4 different collections, no less) at the Smithsonian. More to come on Jen's first project. Welcome, Jen!

Game of knucklebones, anyone? The popular game was enjoyed by Roman children and adults. While real sheep and goat bones were used, the knucklebones in our collection are made of glass and metal. Check out our website to learn more about the game and find out what game you might have played as a child that is very similar.

Knucklebones | Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum
Knucklebones By Alexandra Good Ephedrismos Group (Piggyback Girls) Knucklebones Red-Figure Alabastron Alexandra Good ('13) was a History of Art Major and a Writing Seminars Minor. Measurements: Length 1.8 cm, Width 1.0 cm, Depth 3.1 cm Material: Glass and Copper Alloy Date: Unknown Origin: Unknown F…
The museum will be closed today due to the University's weather delay. Hope you are enjoying the weather wherever you may be - we are thrilled to have Facebook fans from over 45 countries!
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Johns Hopkins University - Thank You 2014

A thank you message from Johns Hopkins University President Ron Daniels. Video by: Johns Hopkins Office of Communications