Thank you Sam M.!
We've recently had a wonderful volunteer work with us at the museum. Here's more from Sam M. himself, describing his work thus far: Hello, my name is Sam M., a senior at @[146989856233:274:Friends School of Baltimore]. For the past two weeks I have participated in a work-study project at the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum. My job in the museum is to help and benefit the efficiency of any current projects at the museum; this may include scanning, cataloging, translating, etc. As a 5 year Latin scholar, I have become especially interested by many of the Ancient Roman artifacts and Latin inscriptions. Here, I am comparing ancient coins from our collection with xero-radiographs, a type of x-ray that we found in our collection. These ancient coins and other artifacts from our collection can be used as a snapshot into their original time periods, locations and cultures. As I see it, without cataloging and researching these artifacts, their significance may be lost in history. This work-study has advanced my passion for Latin and Ancient History and I am very thankful for this opportunity.
Unlocking the secrets of ancient Greek pottery
Students collaborate with expert ceramics artists to recreate the iconic red-figure kylixes
Johns Hopkins students recreate an iconic ancient Greek kylix
Students collaborate with expert ceramics artists to recreate the iconic red-figure kylix
Week 14–Wrapping Up, Looking Ahead | Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum
Week 14–Wrapping Up, Looking Ahead By Ross Brendle Week 14–Wrapping Up, Looking Ahead Recreating Ancient Greek Ceramics The Pederastic Gaze in Two Greek Vases Kylix attributed to the Antiphon Painter Kylix attributed to the Proto-Panaitian Group Kylix attributed to Douris Kylix attributed to the Kis…
In Spring 2015, Sanchita Balachandran, the Archaeological Museum’s Curator/Conservator taught an interactive, hands on course titled “Recreating Ancient Greek Ceramics.” In collaboration with expert ceramics artists including Matthew Hyleck and Cami Ascher at Baltimore Clayworks, and thirteen undergraduate students and one graduate student assistant at Johns Hopkins, the course attempted to recreate one of the most iconic, beautiful and technologically complex objects known from ancient Greece–the red-figure kylix or cup. The course brought together not only students across disciplines, but also involved extensive consultation with art historians, archaeologists, art conservators and materials scientists across the country in the attempt to recreate vessels similar to the ancient examples held at the Archaeological Museum. Throughout the course, students made replicas of painted kylikes in teams, reported on their progress in the course blog, prepared workshop journals, and created their own tiles to fire. Please explore our site to learn more about all of these activities!
The museum is undertaking several major projects to enhance the use and study of our collection in courses, student and faculty research, and for the enjoyment of the public. Some of our current endeavors include:
- Rehousing the entire museum collection. We are currently unpacking thousands of artifacts which were packed and moved from Gilman Hall prior to the building’s renovation. Our task is to unpack all of this material and have it rehoused in archival storage containers so that they can be moved into museum study drawers or our new storage area, and thus be made accessible for the first time in many years.
- Cataloging all objects in our collection. We are in the process of cataloging our entire collection so that it can be viewed as part of an online searchable database within the next two years. This challenging project includes extensive archival research; careful description and examination of each artifact; and high quality photography of each object. As part of this project, we developed a new database which will capture all of this information and include invaluable research information such as references, links to other objects within our collection which are relevant and information on the conservation of the artifacts.
- Conserving artifacts for display and study. As part of our mission to conserve and care for the museum collection, we are examining and conserving objects in need of conservation prior to their display or storage.
- Analytical research of museum objects. We are currently in the process of purchasing state of the art scientific equipment to better understand our museum collection. To this end, we will be purchasing a high quality microscope with digital photography and videography capabilities for examination of objects and for displaying this information to students within the classroom. We will also be acquiring a portable X-ray fluorescence instrument which will allow us to non-destructively analyze pigments, metal compositions, and other material characteristics.
Translation “To the spirits of the dead And to Laberia Auxime Who lived 10 years 6 months and 12 days. Lucius Laberius Hermes made this Father.” Description This marble slab, dated to the second century CE and found in Rome, marked the grave of a young girl named Laberia Auxime. We learn that Laberia died [...]Read more