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June’s News from the Conservation Lab: Conference Crunch Time!

by Caroline Roberts, Conservator Greetings, earthlings! Suzanne and I have just returned from two professional conference journeys — and boy, are we tired! The conference I attended was at the Getty Villa, located in beautiful Pacific Palisades, California. The hilltop … Continue reading

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Ugly Object of the Month – May

By Caroline Roberts and Suzanne Davis, Conservators For this month’s Ugly Object blog post we felt that we should pay homage to a small but significant variety of artifact: the pottery sherd. There are millions of these things out there, … Continue reading

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April’s News from the Conservation Lab: El Kurru 2018 Season Retrospective

BY SUZANNE DAVIS, Curator of Conservation Last month, I returned from fieldwork at El Kurru, the Kelsey’s excavation project in Sudan. It was a good season overall, but also a bit odd. It felt to me like a season where … Continue reading

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March’s News from the Conservation Lab: Reconstructing Color on a Roman Marble Head

  Caroline Roberts, Conservator This month I’ve been getting to know Bacchus (Dionysos to the Greeks), a Kelsey Museum favorite normally on display outside the Villa of the Mysteries room. Bacchus’s head dates from the early to mid- second century … Continue reading

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Ugly Object – March

BY CAROLINE ROBERTS, Kelsey Museum Conservator Greetings, Ugly Object fans! This month’s featured artifact is not really an object. It is, rather, a somewhat unseemly chunk of … any ideas? Here’s a clue: it is a thing greater than the … Continue reading

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January’s News from the Conservation Lab: Let’s Destroy Stuff!

By SUZANNE DAVIS, Curator of Conservation Here in the Kelsey Conservation lab, we started the New Year right by totally destroying a few things. Don’t worry — they weren’t from an ancient artifact or building! For conservation work at the … Continue reading

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Ugly Object – January

Happy New Year, Kelsey Blog readers! What better way to begin 2018’s Ugly Object series than with a seriously cute cat coffin? This creative work of bilateral symmetry once held the remains of a mummified cat. The feline shape and … Continue reading

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Ugly Object of the Month – December

BY SUZANNE DAVIS, Associate Curator of Conservation Hello, readers. Yes, it’s the best time of the month once again, the time to set aside all worries and cares and indulge, for a few brief moments, in the blissful pleasure of … Continue reading

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Ugly Object of the Month – November

BY SUZANNE DAVIS and CARRIE ROBERTS, Conservators In a world that’s constantly changing, where nothing feels secure and each day brings fresh disappointment, there is one thing you can always count on: ugly objects. These special creatures, who have survived … Continue reading

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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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