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The Archaeology of Daily Life

Location: Online
Dates: Spring 2011



In the spring of 2011, students in a course offered by Hérica Valladares (Classics) worked closely with the Johns Hopkins University Archaeological Museum to explore an expanding, complex field of study: the archaeology of everyday life in the Greco-Roman world. The course resulted in an online exhibition and catalog of 24 little known and mostly unpublished artifacts from the museum’s collection. Students investigated two related categories of objects: those designed for daily use, and those that represent ancient daily life. The pieces they selected for the catalog explore five main topics: childhood, private pleasures, female beauty, jewelry and “Tanagras”—modern terra cotta sculptures produced in the style of Classical and Hellenistic works of art that offer insight into the reception of Classical art in the Victorian era.

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Read more on the Archaeological Museum’s website.