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Get to Know an Archaeologist: Dr. Lissette Jimenez

Dr. Lissette Jimenez is a graduate of the UC Berkeley Near Eastern Studies Department and has worked as an Archaeologist in Egypt, Greece and Italy. She recently gave a talk to the Hearst Museum members titled "Portraits from the Past: Mummy Portraits and Shrouds from Roman Egypt." We asked her about her experiences and thoughts about a career in Archaeology.

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Seeing artifacts in a new light: 3D imaging of an Egyptian stela

It is a rare occasion to see a favorite artifact truly in a new light. I got that chance while photographing the ancient Egyptian stela of Wepemnofret before its trip to storage. This mortuary monument to Prince Wepie, as we like to call him, is one of the star pieces of the Hearst Museum’s Egyptian collection. The decoration shows him seated before a table of bread, with lists of his worldly titles and desired offerings for his eternal afterlife. The limestone is carved with delicate, low relief that is overshadowed by the uniquely preserved brightly painted details.

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Objects please wait in line for photography

Objects are lining up and waiting for their moment in the lights!  The photography studio for the Hearst Ethnographic Move project is designed to accommodate a fast flow of diverse objects coming through on their way to packing. Diverse is an understatement, as we’ve had everything from tiny ancient Greek coins about a centimeter across to a 9 1/2 foot tall Maori house post! Each type of object needs its own type of photographic set-up, but the method and workflow we use for them stays the same. 

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Mo' Mummies, Mo' Problems

As the new Move Photographer at the Hearst, I was delighted to find out that our first problem to overcome was to transfer the ancient Egyptian coffin and mummy collection to its next storage location. I am a not-so-secret Egypto-maniac, so getting a chance to observe and photograph the hidden treasures of the Hearst Egyptian collection was exciting!

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