Eleven freshmen at Johns Hopkins University have embarked on the project to discover some of the hidden histories behind the Roman Egyptian mummy portraits. Their planned areas of study span the arts and sciences, from art history and archaeology to neuroscience, mathematics and biology, among other disciplines. Here they are in alphabetical order:
My name is Vyshnavi Anandan and I am a freshman (class of 2019) intending to major in Molecular and Cellular Biology. I’ve always found archaeology interesting as it combines art and science, both subjects I am passionate about. I am fascinated by the idea that a simple object can surpass the test of time and accumulate a rich history for itself. I hope to learn more about both the mummy portraits and the people who made them!
Hi! I am a freshman (Class of 2019) and currently a chemistry major. The sciences have always been my main focus so I have little to no experience with archaeology so I cannot wait to explore new fields. I am very excited to learn about how technical and scientific skills can be applied to unravel what happened in the past.
Hello my name is Hannah Conti and I am a freshman at Johns Hopkins University. I plan to double major in Writing Seminars and Psychology with a minor in French. During the course of the year, I hope to learn more about archaeology and work with the team to uncover the mysteries of our paint panels.
I’m a freshman at Johns Hopkins and am currently undecided in terms my major. I love Archeology and look at this project as a rare and amazing opportunity to connect with the physical remnants of history! Beyond Archeology I love reading, writing, music, food, and my labradoodle Sandy.
As a member of the class of 2019 and potential Neuroscience major, this course provides me with the means of fulfilling my inner desire to investigate unique applications of scientific procedures outside of a laboratory setting. I feel that my strong attention to detail and relentless pursuit of understanding will undoubtedly contribute to the collaborative effort of my classmates. I wish to leave this class knowing that we made a difference. In most courses you leave with only a grade to display your hard work and effort; however, from this class, I am anxious to look back on our research and forever be able to say that I contributed to such a unique opportunity, one made available only to a select group of students.
I am a freshman, planning on double majoring in History of Art and Economics and minoring in Museums and Society. I am fascinated by the intersection of the worlds of art history and archaeology and I am excited to further explore this intertwined relation.
My name is Jessica Miller-Suchet and I am a Neuroscience major graduating with the class of 2019. I am very interested in art history and studying different cultures throughout history. I have always been fascinated by archeology but I have never had the opportunity to study it in this type of hands-on setting. I am excited to be able to learn in such a unique way and discover new things about the mummy portraits and other artifacts.
My name is Maria Movsheva, and I am a freshman (Class of 2019) majoring in Art History with a possible minor in Mathematics. I have previous experience working with conservation of historic objects – measuring dimensions of rooms and their features in a 19th century Moscow villa with a Conservation workshop of South-Eastern Moscow. I plan to utilize my visual arts skills and passion for history of art and Mediterranean world in accessing the Fayum portraits. So far I know of two ways of studying works of arts – by reading about them and by re-creating them. I hope that this course will give me the third method – by handling artifacts with one’s own hands.
Hi, I’m Taz! I’m a freshman here at Johns Hopkins, and currently a Neuroscience major in Pre-Med. Egyptology and archaeology have always been secret passions of mine, and I can’t wait to share our discoveries with you all.
I am currently a freshman interested in History and/or Biology with a minor in Italian. I worked at an archaeological dig-site in my hometown studying an Iroquois encampment. There I was required to use deductive reasoning to help children at that site understand the lives of the Iroquois based on artifacts they uncovered. I am very excited to get to work with these two Roman Egyptian mummy portraits because piecing together the past through knowledge presented by the artifacts intrigues me.
My name is Mini Yuan, a freshmen of the class of 2019. I double major in Molecular/Cellular Biology, and Medicine, Science, and Humanity. Loving art and detective stories, I have a strong interest in the research on archaeological objects, Roman Egyptian Mummy Portraits in this case. I hope we can tell the story behind these portraits, following every little clue that’s left for us.