The Romans were known for their love of gemstones, especially emeralds and pearls. The precious materials used to manufacture this pair of earrings originated from different far-flung regions of the ancient world. While gold was mined in a number of Roman provinces (mainly Britain, Spain, Dalmatia and Dacia), emeralds, amethysts and pearls were imported from [...]
Keelin Martinek is a member of the class at 2012 at Johns Hopkins University, majoring in Archaeology.
When looking at this Roman necklace fragment one may be struck by its similarity to a modern charm bracelet. In antiquity, this necklace may have been worn as an amulet. There are multiple charms in the shape of objects from daily life, as well as a small, well-worn human figurine. On the far left it [...]
This figurine depicts a young woman crouching to play knucklebones, a popular Greek game similar to modern-day “jacks”. She is dressed in a thin chiton (a long tunic commonly worn in ancient Greece) pinned over one shoulder with what appears to be a separate loose shawl tied around her hips. Her hair is parted and [...]