Tag Archives: Exeter

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 […]

Cypriot charioteer ad horses figure

Collecting ancient Cyprus

One of the many things I discovered during my time at the British Museum (see my earlier post) was the wider significance of objects in our collections here at RAMM. Among our collection are objects from a temple site at Idalion (Idalium), which was excavated by Sir Robert Hamilton Lang in the late 19th century. […]

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 […]

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 […]

The old museum storeroom

Collections on the move!

Behind the scenes update You may have noticed that we’ve been very quiet recently. For the last eight weeks we have been very busy moving some of the Archaeology collections from their current storeroom into a new purpose-built store on the other side of the city. Before the objects were moved a team of staff spent weeks […]

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 […]

Ceramic vessel after conservation

Conservation of a Greek pottery vessel

Object name: Greek ceramic vessel Dimensions: 1) 66.5 mm x 45.0 mm, 2) 73.0 mm x 66.8 mm, 23.0 mm x 23.0 mm, 4) 23.0 mm x 20.0 mm, 5) 11.0 mm x 19.0 mm, 6) 27.0 mm x 18.0 mm, 7) 33 mm x 41 mm Age: Unknown Description: The vessel is small, rounded, […]

After Conservation showing supporting fill

Conservation of a glass bottle

Object name: Unguent (perfume) bottle Dimensions: Three separate pieces – 1) 52 mm x 17 mm, 2) 17 mm x 18 mm, and 3) 67 mm x 30 mm Age: Roman period, found in Cyprus Description: This glass perfume bottle has a long neck and was separated into three pieces, with part of the base […]

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 […]