Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

Kelsey Museum of Archaeology The Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at The University of Michigan houses a collection of more than 100,000 ancient and medieval objects from the civilizations of the Mediterranean and the Near East.
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Fancy painted vases usually get all the attention. But on the #nationalcookingday we want to celebrate the everyday cook...
09/25/2020

Fancy painted vases usually get all the attention. But on the #nationalcookingday we want to celebrate the everyday cooking pot! Like an old reliable friend, your cooking pot is there for your everyday and course ware dishes such as this one excavated from Karanis tell us a lot about the people who lived 2000 years ago.

Our conservators are back in the lab and are excited to .... do some paperwork? Find our more over at the Kelsey Blog! h...
09/24/2020

Our conservators are back in the lab and are excited to .... do some paperwork? Find our more over at the Kelsey Blog! http://myumi.ch/yK447

Born #onthisday in 63 BCE the one and only Augustus. Born Gaius Octavius, he was the great nephew and adopted son and he...
09/23/2020

Born #onthisday in 63 BCE the one and only Augustus. Born Gaius Octavius, he was the great nephew and adopted son and heir of Julius Caesar. Rome's first emperor and founder of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, his reign ushered in an era of relative peace known as the Pax Romana.

Our conservators are excited to be back in the lab!!  #conservation
09/22/2020

Our conservators are excited to be back in the lab!! #conservation

Are you a K-12 educator? The Kelsey is offering virtual presentations for your remote classroom! Contact our education o...
09/21/2020

Are you a K-12 educator? The Kelsey is offering virtual presentations for your remote classroom! Contact our education office at [email protected] to find out more.

Did you miss the last #FromtheArchives post on the Kelsey Blog? Head on over to explore post WWI continental Europe with...
09/20/2020

Did you miss the last #FromtheArchives post on the Kelsey Blog? Head on over to explore post WWI continental Europe with Francis Kelsey and company. August 9, 1920, Koblenz, Germany. “Four-wheeled cart drawn by a big dog, on the pontoon bridge.” George R. Swain, KS225.10. myumi.ch/51VYE

#TalkLikeaPirateDay could be a little dangerous if you're hanging around with Dionysus. Might bring back memories of bei...
09/19/2020

#TalkLikeaPirateDay could be a little dangerous if you're hanging around with Dionysus. Might bring back memories of being kidnapped by pirates and you could end up turned into a dolphin! KM93898 Fragment of molded bowl with man rowing boat, with grapevine and fish. #yohoyoho

#fieldworkfriday A large statue is unearth during excavations at Terenouthis. 0550
09/18/2020

#fieldworkfriday A large statue is unearth during excavations at Terenouthis. 0550

Did you know that the world's first recorded work strikes took place in ancient Egypt? Right now, all around the world, ...
09/17/2020

Did you know that the world's first recorded work strikes took place in ancient Egypt? Right now, all around the world, people are exercising their right to freedom of speech and to protest injustices. More than three thousand years ago at the end of the reign of King Ramses III, the craft and construction workers who lived in the village of Deir el Medina staged a series of work strikes. These were the people who built and decorated the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings, so they were employees of the ancient Egyptian government. They demonstrated, held sit-ins at the temple and town walls, and marched in processions to protest sharp cuts in their pay. These events are recorded in a papyrus now in the Turin Museum, and in other textual records of the period.

View looking east across the remains of Deir el Medina village towards the Nile floodplain (photo J. Richards 2005).

It's #AskACurator Day! Our curators will be answering your burning questions on the ancient world all day!
09/16/2020

It's #AskACurator Day! Our curators will be answering your burning questions on the ancient world all day!

Introducing the Kelsey Curators!  Have a burning question about the ancient world? Tomorrow is #AskACurator day!Leave yo...
09/15/2020

Introducing the Kelsey Curators! Have a burning question about the ancient world? Tomorrow is #AskACurator day!
Leave your questions in the comments or message us and our curators will respond on the day.

CALLING ALL UM UNDERGRADS! Interested in classics, outreach, or just really like museums? Join the Kelsey Museum of Arch...
09/14/2020

CALLING ALL UM UNDERGRADS!
Interested in classics, outreach, or just really like museums?
Join the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology’s Student Advisory Group!
Join us on Zoom to learn more about us and our events at our mass meeting this Wednesday September 16th at 7pm.
Email [email protected] for access.
Want to get involved but can't make the meeting? Email us, we would love to have you!

Funerary stelae such as this one of Artemis, Isidora, and Karpime with two reclining women, standing woman in “orant” po...
09/13/2020

Funerary stelae such as this one of Artemis, Isidora, and Karpime with two reclining women, standing woman in “orant” position, and sculpted jackal, illustrate the complexity of identity in Roman Egypt. Here we see clearly Roman clothing, posture, tomb architecture (with Egyptian lotus topped columns), Greek writing, and a Jackal (relating to Anubis, Egyptian guide of the underworld). Late 2nd century AD. Excavated at Terenouthis, Egypt; University of Michigan Excavations, 1935. KM 21180

This pair of inscribed faience shabti (or ushabti) may seem like two of many similar figurines found in the tombs of the...
09/12/2020

This pair of inscribed faience shabti (or ushabti) may seem like two of many similar figurines found in the tombs of the ancient Egyptians, but they are of special significance. These came from the tomb of Pinudjem II at Deir el-Bahri, just above the grand funerary monument of the New Kingdom queen Hatsheput. Pinudjem II was the High Priest of Amun at Thebes from 990 to 969 BCE. Somewhat later, his family tomb became the repository for a large cache of robbed royal burials in the Valley of the Kings. The discovery of the tomb of Pinudjem in 1881, along with its surprising contents, caused an international sensation, even inspiring the now iconic Egyptian film al-Mumiya or The Night of Counting the Years (1969) by Shadi Abd al-Salam. KM 1971.2.169 and 1971.2.170.

Have you ever explored the University of Michigan Advanced Papyrological Information System (APIS)? If not, we highly re...
09/11/2020

Have you ever explored the University of Michigan Advanced Papyrological Information System (APIS)? If not, we highly recommend it! You never know what you may come across. For example, we found a fragment of the birth certificate of a Roman boy named Marcus Cornelius Iustus who was born #onthisday in 103 CE. P.Mich.inv. 2737 http://myumi.ch/E3Nb8

Our new Assistant Curator of Numismatics @IreneSotoMarin is studying the Karanis coin collection! From today: Ptolemaic ...
09/10/2020
Coins of the Ptolemaic Empire Vol. I, Part II, no. B261

Our new Assistant Curator of Numismatics @IreneSotoMarin is studying the Karanis coin collection! From today: Ptolemaic coin (KM40310) w/ Zeus Ammon myumi.ch/jxNpV + an Alexandrian tetradrachm (KM40746) from the reign of Nerva myumi.ch/51Ndm Resources by American Numismatic Society and Roman Provincial Coinage project

#whatisitwednesday How many faces can you make out? KM 1991.2.1199
09/09/2020

#whatisitwednesday How many faces can you make out? KM 1991.2.1199

Classical Studies memes for Hellenistic teens
09/08/2020

Classical Studies memes for Hellenistic teens

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On this #textiletuesday we look at one of the #toolsofthetrade a textile comb. This one is ornately decorated with a lio...
09/08/2020

On this #textiletuesday we look at one of the #toolsofthetrade a textile comb. This one is ornately decorated with a lion carving. KM 92998.

The first Kelsey Museum Annual Report is now available for download! Visit: myumi.ch/WwzMj to hear about the goings on a...
09/07/2020

The first Kelsey Museum Annual Report is now available for download! Visit: myumi.ch/WwzMj to hear about the goings on at the Museum in 2019.

On this #NationalReadaBookDay perhaps you would like to try your hand at the Iliad, in the original Greek? This papyrus,...
09/06/2020

On this #NationalReadaBookDay perhaps you would like to try your hand at the Iliad, in the original Greek? This papyrus, an excerpt with text from Book 2 lines 89-110, was found during excavations at Karanis, Egypt illustrating the widespread distribution of the tale. Right before these lines begin, Agamemnon has just told the assembled of his dream from Zeus that now is the time to capture Troy. In response the troops, “Swarming like insects over the beach, like bees that hum from a hollow rock in an endless line and fly in clusters over the flowers in spring, grouping themselves in aerial throngs.” (Lombardo translation). P.Mich.inv. 2755.

The current issue of Smithsonian Magazine features an informative and richly illustrated article about the wonders of an...
09/04/2020

The current issue of Smithsonian Magazine features an informative and richly illustrated article about the wonders of ancient Kush — today's northern Sudan, including a talk with our own Geoff Emberling. myumi.ch/lxYAZ

#onthisday in 31 BCE the Battle of Actium was fought between the forces of Octavian and those of Mark Antony and Cleopat...
09/02/2020

#onthisday in 31 BCE the Battle of Actium was fought between the forces of Octavian and those of Mark Antony and Cleopatra VII of Egypt.
KM1991.2.318 Silver Denarius from the mint at Alexandria, 34 BCE. Obverse: Mark Anthony, bare headed with Armenian tiara behind. Reverse: Bust of Cleopatra, diademed and draped.

The amazing state of preservation at Karanis is highlighted in objects like this basket made from plaited palm leaves. T...
09/01/2020

The amazing state of preservation at Karanis is highlighted in objects like this basket made from plaited palm leaves. The frequent sandstorms that plagued the ancient town may have been a quite the hassle for the Karanians, but the sand buried, and the climate protected many artifacts made from natural materials which in a wetter climate most likely would have biodegraded.

#mosaicmonday Mosaic fragment from the floor of the Church of St Paul. Excavations at Pisidian Antioch, Turkey. KM 93862
08/31/2020

#mosaicmonday Mosaic fragment from the floor of the Church of St Paul. Excavations at Pisidian Antioch, Turkey. KM 93862

These expedition vehicles belong in a museum now! 662
08/29/2020

These expedition vehicles belong in a museum now! 662

Just in time for the weekend it’s #NationalRedWineDay. Oinochoe, such as this one from Etruria (7th-early 6th cent BCE) ...
08/28/2020

Just in time for the weekend it’s #NationalRedWineDay. Oinochoe, such as this one from Etruria (7th-early 6th cent BCE) were used to pour wine. Coming from the Greek words for “wine” and “pour,” oinochoe were designed to hold wine for several people. Looks pretty darn similar to serving jugs today, huh? #nothingnewunderthesun

If there is anything that links all of humanity, past and present, it is the act of cooking. This month #ConnectingColle...
08/26/2020

If there is anything that links all of humanity, past and present, it is the act of cooking. This month #ConnectingCollections focuses on the archeological evidence- material, visual and textual- that tells us about food storage and preparation, as well as the communal practices and cultural traditions that developed around food in the ancient world. Join us by sharing photos and stories about your favorite foods and recipes. Don't forget to use the #ConnectingCollections and #ConnectingThroughCooking to connect with us!

What wouod you put in a plate for the gods?

Food and traditions around food were not only important for people, but for the gods as well. Votive offering plates such as this one (KM 32150), which was excavated at Seleucia, were used as a promise to the gods in return for an anticipated blessing or favor. Perhaps the person gave this clay votive plate of fruit (and we see a fish) in return for a successful harvest. This one is actuay in the shape of a small medallion.

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Our #uglyobject of the month is just in time for #NationalDogDay tomorrow and #tinytuesday. In fact, you’re probably won...
08/25/2020

Our #uglyobject of the month is just in time for #NationalDogDay tomorrow and #tinytuesday. In fact, you’re probably wondering how this critter made our Ugly Object cut. If you’re able to look past the cute collar and curly tail, you’ll see a pair of highly skeptical-looking incised eyes — one of which has a brow that is ever so slightly raised. It’s a look not unlike the one I get from my toddler when I offer him asparagus. This adorable dog is … Discerning? Disgruntled? Maybe sleep-deprived? Another mystery to ponder. KM 6909. http://myumi.ch/R5zX

#onthisday in 79 CE at 10 in the morning Mount Vesuvius erupted, spewing ash, toxic gas, and pumice into the air. The wi...
08/24/2020

#onthisday in 79 CE at 10 in the morning Mount Vesuvius erupted, spewing ash, toxic gas, and pumice into the air. The winds that day were blowing to the southwest and carried the debris directly over Pompeii. After 24 hours, Pompeii was buried under 6 meters of ash and stone. While some were able to flee others were not, and estimates suggest that approximately 15% of the populations perished in the event.
While Pompeii was known about, it was largely ignored until the 17th century, with systematic, large scale excavations beginning in the late 18th century. The site of Pompeii gives us a snapshot into the daily life of a Roman town. Objects of everyday use, such as this bolt in a fitting from a hinge of some sort, help archaeologists piece together a complete picture of what life was like in Pompeii leading up to the eruption. KM 1964

Did you know that sometimes museums have modern replicas on display? This lamp depicting Aeneas’ escape from burning Tro...
08/22/2020

Did you know that sometimes museums have modern replicas on display? This lamp depicting Aeneas’ escape from burning Troy is one of those modern replicas that we have on display. Why do you think museums chose to display modern replicas? In our case we have a few reasons. We use it to talk about the importance of the story it depicts in the founding myth of ancient Rome and that of the Trojan War. Most importantly though, we use it to discuss ethics, provenience, and the problems with purchasing ancient artifacts on the antiquities market. #museumseducate KM 29212

#fieldworkfriday Miss coming to lectures at the Kelsey? Well you can now check out our symposium from last fall “Graffit...
08/21/2020

#fieldworkfriday Miss coming to lectures at the Kelsey? Well you can now check out our symposium from last fall “Graffiti in Ancient Nubia and Beyond on our YouTube channel. http://myumi.ch/AxNrm

Wedjat amulet mold, clay, Dynastic Egypt.  KM 1971.2.116
08/20/2020

Wedjat amulet mold, clay, Dynastic Egypt. KM 1971.2.116

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Archaic era artifacts recovered from private property in west Michigan. While skeptics seem to always lean on geofact and/or natural rocks we need to realize not all artifacts are arrowheads and grooved axes.
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Exclusive Interview: University of Michigan’s Papyrology Collection, worth an estimated $100 million dollars, is the largest collection of papyrus in North America and run by Archivist BRENDAN HAUG! https://detroitbookfest.com/exclusive-interview-university-of-michigans-papyrology-collection-worth-an-estimated-100-million-dollars-is-the-largest-collection-of-papyrus-in-north-america-and-run-by-archivist-brendan/
March 27 presentation - "What Do Curators Know?" Steven Lubar from Brown University will discuss the unique range of knowledge and insight possessed by curators in regards to understanding the histories and meanings of the objects with which they work. Despite changing roles, curatorial knowledge, organization, and research skills continue to foster a greater understanding of collections. 6:30 pm at Michigan League http://ummsp.rackham.umich.edu/event/what-do-curators-know/
March 27 presentation - "What Do Curators Know?" Steven Lubar from Brown University will discuss the unique range of knowledge and insight possessed by curators in regards to understanding the histories and meanings of the objects with which they work. Despite changing roles, curatorial knowledge, organization, and research skills continue to foster a greater understanding of collections. 6:30 pm at Michigan League http://ummsp.rackham.umich.edu/event/what-do-curators-know/
December 12 at 6:30 pm - "Museums of the Past into the Future: The Oriental Institute and the Kelsey Museum" Directors from the Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan will discuss the histories of these archaeological museums and the future challenges that each will face. http://ummsp.rackham.umich.edu/event/museums-of-the-past-into-the-future-the-oriental-institute-and-the-kelsey-museum/ (to be held at UM Museum of Art)