Looking at different types of clay and additives.


Visiting Baltimore Clayworks: Examining Archaeological Objects
Looking at different types of glazes.


Visiting Baltimore Clayworks: Examining Archaeological Objects
Watching Matthew Hyleck, Director of Education at Baltimore Clayworks, do a demonstration of throwing clay on a wheel.


Visiting Baltimore Clayworks: Examining Archaeological Objects
Post by Alexandra T: On 7/1, the Discover Hopkins: Examining Archaeological Objects class continued to work with the Lost Towns Project at their laboratory in London Town, Maryland. We mainly assisted the archaeologists by washing artifacts collected from sites throughout Anne Arundel County. In addition to cleaning the artifacts that we found on the Dorr site last Friday, we also cleaned artifacts from other locations. These objects included artifacts such as pottery fragments and pieces of animal bone. The artifacts were cleaned by removing all dirt with toothbrushes, pipe cleaners, and a variety of other tools that were soft in order to keep from damaging the artifacts. After being washed, artifacts are left to dry, then labeled and cataloged, and finally put into bags/boxes for storage. It was really interesting to see our artifacts move on to the next step of their long journey!


Field Lab Day: Examining Archaeological Objects
Post by Alexandra T: On 7/1, the Discover Hopkins: Examining Archaeological Objects class continued to work with the Lost Towns Project at their laboratory in London Town, Maryland. We mainly assisted the archaeologists by washing artifacts collected from sites throughout Anne Arundel County. In addition to cleaning the artifacts that we found on the Dorr site last Friday, we also cleaned artifacts from other locations. These objects included artifacts such as pottery fragments and pieces of animal bone. The artifacts were cleaned by removing all dirt with toothbrushes, pipe cleaners, and a variety of other tools that were soft in order to keep from damaging the artifacts. After being washed, artifacts are left to dry, then labeled and cataloged, and finally put into bags/boxes for storage. It was really interesting to see our artifacts move on to the next step of their long journey!
Post by Arielle C. and Alexandra T: On 6/27, our Discover Hopkins: Examining Archaeological Objects class visited and assisted the Lost Towns Project on their Dorr site in Lothian, Maryland. We first toured the Pig Point site (which overlooks the Patuxent River) and spent a few minutes watching the excavation. Al Luckenbach, the director of the program showed us different artifacts which they had found, including a copper bead and a human bone. We ate lunch on a boardwalk over the Patuxent and learned more about the site, and the difference between historic and prehistoric artifacts. Usually the two are separated by the presence of writing, but in the Americas, the separation occurs after Native Americans made contact with Europeans. At the Dorr site, our class was given a small section to dig. All removed dirt went into buckets that were sifted to filter the dirt out and find artifacts. Though we did not find any artifacts from the historic period, we found many prehistoric ones such as sherds of Native American pottery, quartz flakes, and even a piece of slate, which is not typically found in the area. By the end of the day, we were all exhausted and definitely gained a new appreciation for archaeologists and their hard work in the field!


Fieldwork at the Lost Towns Project
Post by Arielle C. and Alexandra T: On 6/27, our Discover Hopkins: Examining Archaeological Objects class visited and assisted the Lost Towns Project on their Dorr site in Lothian, Maryland. We first toured the Pig Point site (which overlooks the Patuxent River) and spent a few minutes watching the excavation. Al Luckenbach, the director of the program showed us different artifacts which they had found, including a copper bead and a human bone. We ate lunch on a boardwalk over the Patuxent and learned more about the site, and the difference between historic and prehistoric artifacts. Usually the two are separated by the presence of writing, but in the Americas, the separation occurs after Native Americans made contact with Europeans. At the Dorr site, our class was given a small section to dig. All removed dirt went into buckets that were sifted to filter the dirt out and find artifacts. Though we did not find any artifacts from the historic period, we found many prehistoric ones such as sherds of Native American pottery, quartz flakes, and even a piece of slate, which is not typically found in the area. By the end of the day, we were all exhausted and definitely gained a new appreciation for archaeologists and their hard work in the field!
Post by Maddie S: On 6/26, we started off learning about the creation of ancient faience and glass. With glass, there were many different and difficult looking techniques for interesting designs that did not use glassblowing, such mosaic glass and core-forming. Later in the morning, we tried making our own stuff out of faience, which is a combination of sand, copper and other various materials that gives it its distinctive turquoise appearance. Making faience proved to be very hard, even when using a mold. How ancient Egyptians made such beautiful objects with such a messy and disagreeable material is a mystery!

In the afternoon, we walked to the New Arts Bronze Foundry and learned a bit about how their process for bronze casting using molds. It looked so simple when we just saw videos of how it's done, but it's much more time consuming and complicated than originally thought! I would elaborate more on what we saw there but we've been sworn to secrecy.


Discover Hopkins: Examining Archaeological Objects
Post by Maddie S: On 6/26, we started off learning about the creation of ancient faience and glass. With glass, there were many different and difficult looking techniques for interesting designs that did not use glassblowing, such mosaic glass and core-forming. Later in the morning, we tried making our own stuff out of faience, which is a combination of sand, copper and other various materials that gives it its distinctive turquoise appearance. Making faience proved to be very hard, even when using a mold. How ancient Egyptians made such beautiful objects with such a messy and disagreeable material is a mystery! In the afternoon, we walked to the New Arts Bronze Foundry and learned a bit about how their process for bronze casting using molds. It looked so simple when we just saw videos of how it's done, but it's much more time consuming and complicated than originally thought! I would elaborate more on what we saw there but we've been sworn to secrecy.

Timeline Photos
For the past two weeks, 3 high school students and 1 recent high school graduate have been working intensively on the study of archaeological materials in a course called Discover Hopkins: Examining Archaeological Objects at the museum. Over the next several days, you'll read short photo essays from our students, Arielle C., Cari G., Maddie S., and Alexandra T. See what we've been doing!
For the past two weeks, 3 high school students and 1 recent high school graduate have been working intensively on the study of archaeological materials in a course called Discover Hopkins: Examining Archaeological Objects at the museum. Over the next several days, you'll read short photo essays from our students, Arielle C., Cari G., Maddie S., and Alexandra T. See what we've been doing!



2014 Examining Archaeological Objects: Lab Work

Students got hands on experience doing field work by excavating objects. They were then given the opportunity to examine those same objects in the lab.
On the front page of the Baltimore Sun today are two conservators who worked on the reinstallation of the Archaeological Museum in 2010. Congratulations to Lori Trusheim and Diane Fullick who continue to do fine work to preserve the cultural heritage of Baltimore.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/education/bs-md-school-art-20140618,0,1840856.story



City evaluates art in schools as part of 10-year renovation plan
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Art conservator Lori Trusheim leaned out of a second-story window and squinted through her camera at a 72-square-foot copper sculpture that has become a local landmark. The elements have taken a toll over the past three decades, and she wants it preserved.