Category Archives: Ugly Object

Ugly Object of the Month – October

BY CAROLINE ROBERTS, Conservator, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology Happy decorative gourd season, folks! In celebration of Fall, my favorite time of year, I’d like to feature an object made of my favorite material: stone. Some conservators like glass and ceramics, … Continue reading

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Ugly Object of the Month – September

BY SUZANNE DAVIS, Curator of Conservation It’s back-to-school time, and town is certainly feeling lively as ~30,000 students return to campus. It’s also the harvest season here in Michigan, where it’s already starting to feel like fall. That is sort … Continue reading

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Ugly Object – August

BY CAROLINE ROBERTS, Conservator, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology This month’s ugly object is bound to give its competitors a run for their money. It is not much to look at, but it’s definitely worth getting to know. What exactly is … Continue reading

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Ugly Object – July

BY AMARIS STURM, Visiting Graduate Student in Conservation Were Bigfoot’s ancestors Egyptian? This heavy hunk of dirt-covered limestone might just provide the answer. July’s ugly object installment is an Egyptian foot impression, excavated in Karanis in 1928. Karanis is located … Continue reading

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Ugly Object of the Month – June

CAROLINE ROBERTS, Conservator, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology Can an object be both elegant and ugly? I believe it can. Take this month’s ugly object, a broom,  for instance. This broom was found in a house at Karanis, Egypt, and we … Continue reading

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Ugly Object of the Month – May

BY SUZANNE DAVIS, Curator of Conservation, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology Are you ready for swimsuit season? No? Me neither, which is just as well because it’s SHARK MONTH at the Kelsey. This is one of the all-time cutest, weirdest, made … Continue reading

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Ugly Object of the Month – April

CAROLINE ROBERTS, Conservator, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology April’s Ugly object isn’t an object per-se. It’s a specimen – a shell – and it was excavated at Karanis during the 1924-25 field season. It’s rather small and unprepossessing. But to me … Continue reading

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Ugly Object of the Month – March

BY CAROLINE ROBERTS, Conservator, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology Are any of you readers out there a Girl Scout? I was a Girl Scout, and I’ve still got my sash hanging in a closet somewhere, covered with a pretty decent number … Continue reading

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And the winner is…

Thanks to everyone who submitted their vote for their favorite “Ugly Object” of 2016. The winner this year is… wait for it…. the spooky love spell figurine!!! https://kelseymuseum.wordpress.com/2016/12/ Stay tuned for more Ugly Objects from the Kelsey.    

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Ugly Object of the Month – February

SUZANNE DAVIS, Curator of Conservation This month’s ugly object is one of ancient Egypt’s niftiest, most all-purpose and off-the-chain gods: the god of war, but also of childbirth, fertility, sexuality, and humor, he was also known as a protector of … Continue reading

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