Jennifer Torres is the Collections Technician of the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum. Her primary duties include the rehousing and photography of the museum’s collection. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, where she received her B.A. in Anthropology and Classical Studies in 2013. In 2015, she received her M.A. in Museum Studies with a concentration in Collections Management from the George Washington University.

Ceramic Heads

So many heads, but where are their bodies? That’s a question we are hoping to figure out! These ceramic heads were recently rehoused to make it easier for our conservator to sort through them and determine if they belong to the fragmented ceramic torsos in our collection. If a match is found, our conservator will […]

Ancient Dice

Just like in modern times, games were a popular pastime in antiquity. Children, women, and men alike played games for their own amusement using gaming pieces that are very common today. For example, dice made of ivory, bone, or ceramic were commonly made and used for games that involved counting. Similarly, the ancient game of […]

Ancient Egyptian Scarabs

Our collection of rehoused Ancient Egyptian scarabs look like a tiny army of insects! The relatively small and uniform shape of these artifacts makes them the perfect candidate for housing in little boxes. With a clear lid, these intricate artifacts can be viewed and appreciated both in storage and in the classroom. Scarabs were a […]

JAIC Article

The Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum is excited to share that an article written by the museum’s Collections Technician Jen Torres, Registrar and Collections Manager Kate Gallagher, and Associate Director Sanchita Balachandran has been accepted for publication to the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation (JAIC) and is now available online. The article, titled “Rehousing […]

Ancient Egyptian Faience Beads

Ancient Egyptian faience beads were most commonly used as jewelry for both the living and the dead. Faience is a material that is composed of quartz or sand mixed with various materials and then fired in a kiln. The distinctive turquoise color of Egyptian faience comes from a copper compound that was frequently added to […]

Rehousing Cypriot Ceramic Sherds

JHAM’s student staff member Dane has been busy rehousing the museum’s collection of Cypriot ceramic sherds. Rehousing these sherds became a priority this semester when JHU’s freshman seminar course Archaeology at the Crossroads: The Ancient Eastern Mediterranean through Objects in the JHU Archaeological Museum requested to use many of these artifacts for teaching purposes. Students […]

Storage Organization

Sometimes organizing rehoused artifacts in a storage drawer is like a game of Tetris. Conserving storage space and ensuring that the artifacts are neatly organized and easily retrievable are important things to consider. Shown here is one of our storage drawers of rehoused ancient Egyptian shabtis and figurines.

Egyptian Pot

This ancient Egyptian conical ceramic pot, likely dating to the 3rd century BCE to 1st century CE, contains an ibis mummy wrapped in linen. In ancient times, animal mummies were placed inside pots as gifts to the gods, which were then sealed, but an unfortunate event in modern times led to a break at the […]

Medical and Surgical Instruments, Part 2

Rehousing work has continued for the collection of medical and surgical instruments from the ancient city of Colophon. Shown here are two cupping vessels which were commonly used in ancient healing practices. Vessels such as these were heated and then placed on the body. As the air within the vessel began to cool, it would […]

Medical and Surgical Instruments, Part 1

One of the most interesting groups of objects at the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum is a collection of medical and surgical instruments found at the site of the ancient city of Colophon. This set of 34 objects, likely of Greek or Roman origin, contains a variety of tools that would have been owned and used […]