Scope of the Collections
The museum collections feature 12,000 objects from the geographic and cultural areas of the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Mexico, Central America, and South America, as well as North America and prehistoric Europe. We are also fortunate to be able to study and display numerous objects on loan to the museum, including over 2,000 ancient Egyptian objects from the Eton College Myers Collection, a selection of ancient Greek ceramics from the Baltimore Museum of Art, and an ancient Egyptian mummified woman from Goucher College.
We are currently working to catalog our entire collection so that it can be accessible online. A selection of objects in our collections can also be accessed through ARTSTOR. The search function at the top right of this website can also be used to locate various objects and related content featured on our website.
Some of our collection strengths include: Latin funerary inscriptions, the Mendes Israel Cohen Collection of Egyptian Antiquities, a nearly complete Roman surgical kit (shown at right), the Sidney Painter Collection of Roman Coins, a significant collection of prehistoric European and North American lithics, and a type collection of ceramics from ancient Cyprus.
More information about collection items from specific cultural and geographic areas is listed below.