Category Greek

A core-moulded glass flask excavated from Hissarlik, the alleged site of ancient Troy.

The search for Troy comes to Exeter

It’s not very often that you discover a hint of gold, a tantalising glint of something exciting lurking in a box in store… The archaeology of paperwork I spend a lot of time searching for information about the collection, a process which reminds me very much of the process of archaeology – slowly trawling old […]

An aryballos excavated by Sir Alfred Biliotti from Kameiros.

RAMM’s connection to Sir Alfred Biliotti

The research circle For me as a Curator, one of the joys of the RAMM Leventis project is being able to spend time researching the collection. In the past, curators traditionally spent much of their working time doing research – usually detailed studies of very small and very specialist groups of objects in their museum’s […]

Conversation starters

Recently we asked our museum’s professional photographer to take some images of our objects. Photographs of museum objects tend to look very similar, with the intention of recording an object at its best without any distortions or areas in shade. The resulting images tend to be very serious in appearance and a little uninspiring. These […]

Corinthian helmet

The hidden stars of RAMM’s collection

There are always objects in a museum’s collection that stand out to visitors – maybe because they are especially shiny, or unusually small or big, or because they are associated with a famous place or person. One of the most popular items in RAMM’s Greek collection is this Corinthian helmet, a type of armour worn by […]

Conserved Cup

Conservation of a black slip ware cup

Object Name:  Black slip ware cup Dimensions: After reconstruction: Height: 71mm Width: 113mm Provenance: Bronze Age, Greek Description: Small cup with two handles (one missing), with a red/brown slip. On the bottom of the vessel is written ‘Idalium Cyprus’ and a label ‘547’. The cup is broken into four pieces with one handle missing. There are […]

The British Museum

RAMM visits the British Museum

Last week I spent a week working behind the scenes at the British Museum. Each year they host five individual museum staff as part of their Knowledge Exchange scheme, and this year I was lucky to be chosen as one of the participants. I chose to spend my time in the Department of Greece and […]

Conserved cup

Conservation of a Greek cantharos

Object Name: Drinking cup (cantharos) Dimensions: Height: 123 mm Width: 188 mm  Description:  Ceramic black slip ware drinking cup broken into five pieces. Both handles broken and previously repaired. One of the handles is approximately 90% replicated from plaster.  Treatment:  The cup was surface cleaned using smoke sponge (vulcanized rubber), the break edges were cleaned with acetone cotton […]

Greek vase with human figures

Greek pottery and human figures

Linda’s latest discovery in the museum stores: The person who collected this elegant Greek pottery jug has written on it “Greek from Mycenae”, which immediately gives rise to Homeric musings! Sadly, much of the lovely patterning which once decorated this jug has been lost.  However, a pair of human legs remains visible – giving the […]

Five ceramic chickens

Repackaging small objects

Object Name: 3 ceramic pot sherds, 5 ceramic bird figurines. Date: Classical Greek Repackaging aim:  Creating new housing that provides a secure environment and is ideal for handling purposes. Method: The shape of each object was cut out of an archival foam called Plastazote® to keep the objects in place. The Plastazote® was fitted into […]

Greek ceramic head

How do you label an object?

An update from Linda, project volunteer: Hurray! I’ve been taking my own photos today, with great support from the ever-patient Helen. The camera itself is daunting, complicated and fragile. However, having set up the table with clean thick white paper as a background, angled the lights, and put the camera to the correct settings we […]