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Ugly Object of the Month – January

SUZANNE DAVIS, Curator of Conservation We’re getting off to a rather late start with Ugly Object this month – I was so excited about voting for 2016’s Ugly of Object the Year* that I almost forgot to pick an inaugural … Continue reading

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Low-tech adhesive testing for Egyptian polychrome limestone

BY CAROLINE ROBERTS, Conservator, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology One of my favorite conservation activities is researching practical solutions to complex condition problems. Example problem: how to stabilize flaky, powdery paint on deteriorating Egyptian limestone artifacts. The solution? Some kind of … Continue reading

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Ugly Object of the Month – July

BY SUZANNE DAVIS, Curator for Conservation, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology It’s Halloween in July! This special Kelsey object is ugly AND spooky. It’s a ceramic lamp with the top molded to look like an actor’s mask. I don’t have much … Continue reading

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Ugly Object of the Month – June

BY CAROLINE ROBERTS, Conservator, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology This month’s ugly object, a blown glass vessel from the Fayoum region of Egypt, wasn’t meant to be ugly. If you look past its flaws, you’ll notice the vessel’s attractive shape and … Continue reading

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Unwrapping the Karanis Dolls with Micro-CT Scanning

BY CAROLINE ROBERTS, Conservator, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and             JANELLE BATKIN-HALL, Graduate Intern in Conservation Janelle Batkin-Hall, graduate intern in the Kelsey conservation lab, has been taking a closer look at the Kelsey Museum’s collection of dolls from the Romano-Egyptian … Continue reading

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Analyzing Roman wall paintings

BY CAROLINE ROBERTS, Conservator, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology When I think about color in antiquity, I like to imagine how colors have weathered, or changed chemically over time, and the ways these changes impact how we see ancient paint surfaces. … Continue reading

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RTI at Kurru!

JANELLE BATKIN-HALL, Graduate Intern in Conservation I’ve just returned from a fantastic six-week field work experience at the El-Kurru archaeological site in North Sudan. There, Kelsey conservator Suzanne Davis and I documented ancient figural and geometric graffiti in a funerary … Continue reading

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A Romano-Egyptian Lion Takes a Bath

BY CARRIE ROBERTS, Conservator, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology When it comes to conserving works of art, how do you treat what you can’t see? When a carved limestone lion from Karanis came to the conservation lab a few months ago, … Continue reading

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Conserving a Seleucian Incantation Bowl

BY MADELEINE NEIMAN, 2014–2015 Samuel H. Kress conservation fellow at the Kelsey Museum. During her time here, Madeleine’s work will focus on the technical analysis and treatment of objects from the Seleucia collection. The vessel was excavated in the 1930s from … Continue reading

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Using UV Light to Examine Ancient Paint

BY MADELEINE NEIMAN, 2014–2015 Samuel H. Kress Conservation Fellow at the Kelsey Museum. During her time here, Madeleine’s work will focus on the technical analysis and treatment of objects from Seleucia on the Tigris, a site approximately 18 miles south … Continue reading

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