Hand of Sabazius | Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum
Hand of SabaziusBy Laura HutchisonSelect BibliographyLar with Flared Tunic and Leafy CrownBucraniumHousehold GodsHarpokrates-Cupid with CornucopiaEtruscan Priest with Patera and Incense BoxHercules with Club and CloakLar with Patera, Flared Tunic and Leafy CrownHercules with Cornucopia and CloakHand...
The Roman House at Hopkins | Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum
The Roman House at HopkinsBy Hérica ValladaresThe Roman House at HopkinsThe Roman House at HopkinsArchaeology of Daily Life Hérica Valladares is assistant professor of Classics at Johns Hopkins University. Trained both as a classicist and an art historian, she teaches interdisciplinary courses on Po...
An Examination of Three Roman Funerary Urns | Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum
An Examination of Three Roman Funerary UrnsBy Monika LayAn Examination of Three Roman Funerary Urns Monika Lay ('13) is an undergraduate student in Archaeology and Molecular and Cellular Biology at Johns Hopkins. She is the President of the Archaeology Club and has worked at the Archaeological Museu...
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.
By Adam Tabeling
The brilliant red background of this fresco fragment enlivened the interior space in which it was painted. X-ray fluorescence analysis has revealed that this red color contains iron oxide, which suggests that this pigment derives from red ochre – a popular pigment found in Roman wall painting. When ochre is heated, water evaporates and leaves [...]Read more