Tag Archives: pottery

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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, […]

Ceramic Jug after conservation

Conserving an ancient jug

Object Name: Rounded Jug, Cypriot Red Ware Dimensions: Height 71 mm x Diameter 68 mm Description: This is a small rounded Red Ware jug with handle. The handle had become detached from the main body and there was a structural crack that ran from the rim to the base. Treatment: The aim of this treatment was […]

Horseman after conservation

Conservation of a Cypriot horse and rider

Object Name: Figure of a horse and rider Dimensions: Main body: 850 mm x 150 mm Pieces: Face 30 mm x 15 mm, Mane 20 mm x 15 mm, Tail 22 mm x 10 mm, Legs 40 mm x 19 mm and 40 mm x 32 mm Age: Cypriot Iron Age, Archaic Ware pottery. Collected […]

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 […]