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Ugly Object of the Month—October

BY SUZANNE DAVIS, Curator for Conservation, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology October’s ugly object has a nickname in the conservation lab: Scary Hair. When Scary Hair was excavated at the site of Karanis in Egypt, the excavators classified it as the … Continue reading

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Docent Favorites

BY JEAN MERVIS, Volunteer Docent, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan Favorite Artifact. Statue of a Young Girl. Marble. End of 4th century BC. Greece. KM 1979.5.1. Why. “It’s thought that this statue honors the goddess Artemis, who was the … Continue reading

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From the Archives

BY SEBASTIÁN ENCINA, Museums Collections Manager, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology Welcome to the inaugural blog post for the series “From the Archives,” where we will present special finds from the Kelsey Museum archives. Besides the magnificent collection of art and artifacts held … Continue reading

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Ugly Object of the Month—September

BY SUZANNE DAVIS, Curator for Conservation, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology This month’s ugly object is one of my absolute favorites in the collection. To be clear—it’s not one of my favorite ugly objects, it’s one of my favorite Kelsey objects, … Continue reading

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Identifying Pottery in the Field: Sad Handle Ware at Omrit

BY CAITLIN CLERKIN, PhD student in the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology, University of Michigan One step in studying pottery involves identifying what archaeologists call wares. The term “ware” refers to a particular way of preparing the fabric … Continue reading

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Ugly Object of the Month—August

BY CARRIE ROBERTS, Conservator, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology This month’s ugly object is a double feature (or creature feature, depending on how you look at it)! Here we have two not-so-lovely, but oh-so fascinating, Egyptian hawk mummies. While neither of … Continue reading

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Ugly Object of the Month–July

BY SUZANNE DAVIS, Curator for Conservation, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology This month’s ugly object is a mold for the front half of an Aphrodite figurine. The mold is made of plaster, and ancient craftsmen used it by pressing damp clay … Continue reading

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My Favorite Artifact

When it comes to the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology’s collections, not all artifacts are created equal. Some call out to us intellectually, others emotionally. BY SEBASTIAN ENCINA, Museum Collections Manager, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. Encina earned a BA degree in … Continue reading

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Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project Study Season

BY DAN DIFFENDALE, PhD student, Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology, University of Michigan I spent the first three weeks of June in Greece, working with the Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project. Although the project last conducted fieldwork … Continue reading

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Ugly Object of the Month

BY SUZANNE DAVIS, Curator for Conservation, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology Beauty isn’t everything at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology; we value all evidence of life in the ancient world, even when the object is, erm, ugly. This month’s ugly object is … Continue reading

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