Sanchita Balachandran is the Curator/Conservator of the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum and Lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Studies. She teaches courses related to the identification and analysis of ancient manufacturing techniques of objects, as well as the history, ethics and practice of museum conservation.

Roman Egyptian Mummy Portraits

In the Fall of 2015, a group of freshmen at Johns Hopkins will embark on the technical study and analyses of two ancient Roman Egyptian mummy portraits, currently on loan to the Archaeological Museum from the Eton College Myers Collection in Windsor, England.  The course, “Freshman Seminar: Technical Research on Archaeological Objects in the Johns Hopkins Archaeological […]

Recreating Ancient Greek Ceramics

Recreating Ancient Greek Ceramics from the Archaeological Museum This paper discusses the work of a Spring 2015 course in which students across disciplines at JHU collaborated with Baltimore Clayworks to attempt to recreate red-figure Greek vases from the museum’s collection.  The course brings together scholars in art history, archaeology, art conservation, materials science, and most […]

Week 0–Getting Started

“For our knowledge of the technique of Athenian vases we have various sources of information. There are a number of references to the craft in ancient literature; we have several actual representations of potters at work among extant vase paintings; and there is the important testimony of the vases themselves…There is, however, another very important […]

Festus (A Soldier)

“To the Spirits of the Dead. Quintus Caedius Festus, son of Quintus, of the tribe Velina from Aquileia, a soldier of the sixth Praetorian cohort of Atilius. He lived 28 years, 4 months, and 7 days; and served in the military for 12 years. Mem(m)ia Proba made this [inscription] about him for the well-deserving one.” […]