identifying Authorship through technology: Ancient Greek Ceramics
My current research looks at ways that the production technologies of ancient Greek vases may in fact give us a clearer sense of the "authorship" of these extraordinary objects. After two years of experimental archaeology with potter collaborator Matthew Hyleck and materials scientist Patricia McGuiggan as we made hundreds of replicas of Greek vases, I spent the first half of 2017 at the Getty Conservation Institute as a Guest Scholar continuing my research on the manufacturing techniques used to fabricate, decorate and fire ancient red-figure Greek ceramics. I am currently beginning a long-term project studying the preparatory drawings still present underneath the painted images on Greek vases using the technique of reflectance transformation imaging.
Facial Reconstruction of Egyptian Mummies
Supported by a Johns Hopkins University Arts Innovation Grant, this project attempts to digitally reconstruct the faces of two ancient Egyptian mummies in the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum by combining art conservation expertise with the expertise of a forensic artist and anthropologist, a facial prosthetist, radiologists andbiomedical engineers, an Egyptian archaeologist, and specialists in 3-D imaging and laser scanning. For more information, visit the project website.
the social history of the conservation of South Indian Bronzes
Following on eight months of archival research and fieldwork in Chennai, India, that was completed as part of a Fulbright Award, I am currently working on several publications related to the early history of metals conservation in India. One article reveals community claims on, and demands for the restitution of ancient bronzes removed to the Madras Government Museum for conservation and display dating from the late 19th to early 20th centuries.
Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum History Project
I am currently carrying out archival research related to the history of the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum, This study aims to contextualize the collections acquired for the museum from the late 19th century through the mid-20th century. The ways in which collections were historically used for teaching, research and display are of particular interest.