Category Archives: Conservation

News from the Conservation Lab

BY SUZANNE DAVIS, Curator of Conservation I love many things about working as a conservator, but Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is not one of them. Thankfully, my colleague Carrie is quite into this activity, which is part entomology and part … Continue reading

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News from the Conservation Lab: A Fond Farewell

BY CAROLINE ROBERTS, Conservator, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology Last Friday we said goodbye to our first-ever summer intern in conservation, Amaris Sturm. Amaris is a graduate student in the Winterthur / University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, and has … Continue reading

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Investigating color on a Roman-Egyptian mummy portrait

BY CAROLINE ROBERTS, Conservator, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology This week a team from the Detroit Institute of Arts conservation department traveled to the Kelsey to take a closer look at one of our Fayoum mummy portraits. The portrait is normally … Continue reading

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IPCAA Conservation Workshop

CAROLINE ROBERTS, Conservator, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology Suzanne and I had a great time hosting our third annual IPCAA Conservation Workshop series.  We’ve designed the workshops to give graduate students of classical archaeology hands-on experience with field conservation tools and … Continue reading

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The El Kurru Heritage Project

BY SUZANNE DAVIS, Curator of Conservation, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology For the past several years, I’ve spent part of the winter in the small Sudanese village of El Kurru, and every year I fall a little bit more in love … Continue reading

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Artifact Investigation

CAROLINE ROBERTS, Conservator, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology I love a good mystery, and nothing (save a really good crime novel) is better than an artifact mystery. I love the thrill of investigating an object, identifying its agents of deterioration, and … Continue reading

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İyi günler! Thrust faults are fun!

SUZANNE DAVIS, Curator of Conservation What do this Turkish phrase (Good day!) and thrust faults have in common? They are both things Carrie and I are learning right now. She is studying geology and I’m taking Turkish 101. One of … Continue reading

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Grain Mummy Goes To the Hospital

SUZANNE DAVIS, Curator of Conservation   Last week our colleagues Ron Bude and Michele Sakala, who are MDs in the Radiology Department of  the University of Michigan Health System, arranged for the Kelsey’s grain mummy (and his friends cat mummy … Continue reading

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Ugly Object of the Month – October

BY CAROLINE ROBERTS, Conservator, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology     It’s October, folks, and that means the season of decorative gourds and dressing up in festive costumes is upon us. This is partly why I chose this ceramic figurine of … Continue reading

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Bug Busters

BY CAROLINE ROBERTS, Conservator, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology Conservators at the Kelsey Museum wear many hats, and one of them has a scared-looking bug printed on it. That’s because in addition to documenting and treating objects in the collection, Suzanne … Continue reading

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