Home for the (Roman) Holidays Museum Chat
On November 19th, graduates students Nicole Berlin (History of Art) and Adam Tabeling (Classics) discussed aspects of the ancient Roman house with museum visitors. Happy Thanksgiving!
History of Art Class Studies the Eton Collection
Professor Christopher Lakey brought his Art and Architecture of the Medieval Mediterranean World class to the museum to view metal objects from the Eton Collections, which is on loan from the University of Birmingham, UK.
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 Anna Glenn
To read more about cylinder seals, an excellent introduction is Dominique Collon’s First Impressions: Cylinder Seals in the Ancient Near East. For more detailed discussions, see the series Catalogue of the Western Asiatic Seals in the British Museum: Cylinder Seals, which has five volumes dedicated to particular periods (Vol. 1: Uruk through Early Dynastic; Vol. 2: [...]Read more