Tag Archives: 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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

A Cypriot pot

Talking with our ancestors

For me, the really exciting aspect of this project is discovering the objects in the museum’s collection and marvelling at just how talented our predecessors were. It’s far too easy to view ‘the past’ as a mystical place – a place that doesn’t really exist apart from as a concept in our heads. It’s often a place that […]

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 […]

Ceramic musician from Idalium

A lady musician

An update from Linda: Following from my last post, I promised to tell you more about the fascinating objects we found in the store. Far and away my favourite object so far is this beautiful artefact. Who is she? Just 15cm tall she is very lovely with a smart, complex hairstyle topped with a tall head-dress. […]

Linda and Jenny with photography equipment

Exploring the Stores

As RAMM’s Collections and Audiences Assistant I am responsible for a lot of the museum’s object photography, and this has been my primary involvement in the Leventis project. The process has been very exciting so far! I feel very privileged to be able to explore RAMM’s stores and shed some light on a fascinating collection. […]

Greek red figure pottery vessel

Greek pottery and horses

An update from Linda, project volunteer: I am very much enjoying seeing the variety of beautiful artefacts in the museum’s collection. It is difficult to understand the variety of colours of the terracotta objects – they are often discoloured and degraded but remain beautiful. The decay gives a different kind of beauty to the objects, which never-the-less often […]