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Cypriot krater after conservation treatment

Conservation of a Cypriot krater

Object name: Cypriot krater Dimensions: 237 mm x 270mm Age: Iron Age Description: Beige coloured krater with dark brown, geometrical slip decoration. The ceramic was extremely fragile. Due to salt contamination the surface of around 65% of the rim and shoulder was lost or flaking off. The remaining 35% of the rim were broken into eight pieces. […]

A New Year’s jigsaw puzzle

Happy New Year from the RAMM Leventis Project team! We’re expecting 2014 to be another busy year with yet more Greek and Cypriot archaeological objects being conserved and photographed, and a research visit from a very special guest… But more on that in the next few months! A 3D  jigsaw puzzle In the meantime I […]

Desalinating archaeological ceramics

The problem with salts Breakage, chipped edges, flaked off glaze or slip, detached handles etc. are common and very obvious types of damage that we often find in museum ceramic collections. But there are also more hidden risks for archaeological ceramics that have been buried in the ground for centuries. Soluble salts that have travelled […]

Conservation of a milk bowl from Cyprus

Object Name: milk bowl Dimensions: after reconstruction: height: 100mm   diameter: 235mm Age: Cypriot early Bronze Age Description: Red slipware milk bowl with a long spout and a small handle opposite the spout; round base. The bowl was broken into six pieces on receipt in the conservation lab, two of the breaks seemed fairly recent. The […]

A new hello from the conservation labs

Hi, my name is Sarah and I have taken over from Kirstie who left the museum for pastures new. I am from Germany and trained there as a conservator of archaeological objects and decorative arts. I started at RAMM in 2009 on a conservation student placement and have been working here on and off ever […]

Ceramic head

We’re back!

Hello from me and the rest of the team! Due to unforeseen circumstances it’s been almost a year since you last heard from us.  But I’m very glad to say we’re back and the project is up and running for its second year of important work. Sadly over the last year we had to say […]

Part of the glass display

Making a display of ourselves

Over the past few months Kirstie has done a wonderful job conserving our Roman period glass from Cyprus. She’s written about some of these objects in her blogs, where you can see how she has transformed these from broken fragments into their original complete vessels. This jar is one of the most astounding pieces of […]

Megan O'Connor, Conservation intern

Conservation versus Access?

RAMM conservation intern Megan O’Connor wanted to share her experience of object conservation and the RAMM Leventis Project: Why conserve museum objects? The RAMM Leventis Project was conceived to provide access to the Greek and Cypriot collections at RAMM to people in Devon, the UK, and around the world. A key part of making objects […]

Conserved Glass Beaker

Conservation of a Roman glass beaker

Object Name: Glasss beaker Provenance: Roman period, found in Cyprus Dimensions: Height: 95mm Width: 78mm  Description: Glass beaker broken into 8 pieces, with 99% surface weathering (pale beige). Inside the base piece there are loose dark grey dust deposits and a small amount of salt deposits. The surface has localised areas of irridescence.  Treatment: The […]

Conserved figure of a horse

Conservation of a toy horse figure

Object Name: Figure of a horse, ancient Cypriot Dimensions:  Body: Height: 38mm Length: 55mm Width: 24mm                                 Head: Height: 36mm Length: 33mm Description:  Ceramic model of a horse,  possibly a toy.  Pale soft surface, previously repaired and misaligned, head has become detached, staining on one of the ears. One of the saddle ‘foot holders’ had been previously re-adhered, […]