Symposium 2015


Our Third Museum Symposium will be held on Saturday, April 11th,  2015 in Marjorie Fisher Hall (Gilman 50).  Dr. Beverly Wendland, James W. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, and Dr. Joel Schildbach, Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, will both make remarks at the event. Throughout the day, we will hear from undergraduate and graduate students as well a faculty working on objects from the Archaeological Museum collection.  A full schedule of talks can be found below.    After the student papers, all attendees are invited to the museum to view an exhibition of contemporary drawings inspired by objects in the museum collection, and to see new student exhibitions.  This will be followed by a reception in Gilman atrium.

All members of the Johns Hopkins community as well as members of the public are cordially invited to attend.  For those who cannot attend in person, digital video of the talks will be posted on our website in June.

To view videos of student papers delivered at the Second Museum Symposium in 2013, please visit the 2013 Symposium page on our website.


Please note that this schedule is tentative and may change slightly closer to the event.

9:00-9:05       Welcome by Dr. Betsy Bryan, Director of the Archaeological Museum

9:05-9:20       Remarks by Dr. Beverly Wendland, James B. Knapp Dean, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Johns Hopkins University

9:20-9:40       Molly Martell, “An Investigation of Elemental Biogenic Uptake: The Examination of Portable X-ray Fluorescence as a Method of Osteological Analysis”

9:40-10:00      Ashley Fiutko Arico, “Journey to the West: Tracking Ancient Egyptian Funerary Objects from Abydos to Baltimore

10:00-10:20     Sanchita Balachandran and Ross Brendle, “Recreating Ancient Greek Ceramics from the Archaeological Museum

10:20-10:30     Questions

10:30-11:00     Coffee break

11:00-11:20     Marina Escolano-Poveda, “Surfing on Crocodiles: The Amulet-Stela of Horus on the Crocodiles (2231D)”

11:20-11:40     Elisabeth Campbell, “From Gilman Hall to Tennessee and back: The Sidney Painter Collection of Roman coins”

11:40-12:00     Jill Waller, “Puzzles, Priests, and Pyramidia: An Analysis of a Faience Pyramidion Fragment”

12:00-12:20     Adam Tabeling, “The Rape of Persephone and the Death of Soteris: A Case of Two Fresco Fragments and a Funerary Epitaph from a Roman Columbarium”

12:30-1:45      Lunch on your own

1:45-2:00       Allison McCoskey, “The Maiden Fair:  Technical Analyses of a Wooden Tomb Statue”

2:00-2:15       Gabriela Frid, “Characterization of Adhesive on Ancient Egyptian Wooden Statue: What was Applied and When?”

2:15-2:30       Alex Sivitskis, “Archaeological Building Blocks: An Overview of the Stone Samples Collection”

2:30-2:45       Alison Tretter, “Frida Kahlo’s Indigenous Identity: Ancient Ceramics in Modern Art”

2:45-2:55       Questions

2:55-3:05       Stretch Break

3:05-3:25       Taylor Alessio and Betsy Bryan, “New Light on the God Bes: A Stamp Seal in the JHU Archaeological Museum”

3:25-3:45       Ellen Bruner, “Tracing Elite Industry in the Ancient Mediterranean: Cyprus, Ceramics, and Copper”

3:45-4:05       Margaret Swaney, “Barking Up the Wrong Tree: Surprising Identity of an Egyptian Jackal-Headed Figurine”

4:05-4:15       Questions

4:15-4:30       Closing remarks and invitation to visit the Museum, Dr. Joel Schildbach, Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Johns Hopkins University

4:30-5:00       Visit student-curated exhibitions and student art work on view at the museum

5:00-6:30       Reception in Gilman Atrium