Kelsey Museum Publication Series

The following Kelsey Museum publications are available from our distributor, ISD. Click on each title to see a description of the volume, along with a link for purchasing it.

Pearls of Wisdom

Subtitle: The Arts of Islam at the University of Michigan

By Christiane Gruber and Ashley Dimmig

This catalogue of a Kelsey Museum of Archaeology exhibition showcases a selection of Islamic art works held in the University of Michigan's collections. Rather than arranged chronologically, geographically, or by media, the objects are organized thematically and conceptually. Themes include the intersections between function and decoration, the aesthetic power of everyday objects, visual play, wit, and magic, connections and interrelationships across art forms, and light symbolism and illumination. The volume not only highlights the strengths of the university's collections of Islamic art but also explores various issues integral to the conception and production of art in the Islamic world from the medieval period until the present day. 128 pp., 143 color illustrations (Kelsey Museum 2014). To purchase, please click here.

Karanis Revealed

Subtitle: Discovering the Past and Present of a Michigan Excavation in Egypt

By T. G. Wilfong

The 1924-1935 University of Michigan excavations at the Graeco-Roman period Egyptian village of Karanis yielded thousands of artifacts and extensive archival records of their context. The Karanis material in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and the University of Michigan Library Papyrology Collection forms a unique body of information for understanding life in an agricultural village in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt. In 2011 and 2012, the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology presented the exhibition "Karanis Revealed" in two parts, using artifacts from the excavations and archival material to explore aspects of the site and its excavation in the 1920s and 1930s. As preparation for the exhibition progressed, it became clear that part of the story of the Michigan Karanis expedition lay in the current and ongoing research on the material it yielded by curators, faculty, staff, and students from the University of Michigan. Such projects include new work on known artifacts and papyri, the discovery or rediscovery of important unpublished artifacts and archival sources, new field research at Karanis, and even sonic investigations of the site and its history. The present volume summarizes the recent exhibition and presents some of the new research that helped inspire it. 200 pp., 152 illustrations (Kelsey Museum 2014). To purchase, please click here

Life, Death, and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt

Subtitle: The Coffin of Djehutymose in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

by T. G. Wilfong

The elaborately decorated coffin of Djehutymose, a priest of the ancient Egyptian god Horus from around 625-580 BC, is one of the central artifacts of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology's Egyptian collection. Using the images and texts from the coffin along with related artifacts in the Kelsey Museum, Egyptologist T. G. Wilfong explores what the coffin tells us about ancient Egyptian ideas of life, death, and the afterlife. We follow Djehutymose through his life as a priest, through his death, embalming, and afterlife, examining his gods and symbols as he undertakes a voyage into the afterlife. Finally we see how his coffin journeyed from ancient Egypt to modern Ann Arbor. This richly illustrated book serves as a general introduction to ancient Egyptian religion as well as a specialized study of a single Egyptian artifact in its wider contexts. 112 pp., 170 color illustrations (Kelsey Museum 2013). To purchase, please click here.

Tel Anafa II, ii

Subtitle: Glass Vessels, Lamps, Objects of Metal, and Groundstone and Other Stone Tools and Vessels
edited by Andrea M. Berlin and Sharon C. Herbert

Ten seasons of excavation at Tel Anafa (at the foot of the Golan Heights in the Upper Galilee of modern Israel) revealed the remains of a rich and remarkably well-preserved Hellenistic settlement showing great cultural and ethnic diversity. The richness of the finds, coupled with the clear chronological context and careful recording techniques employed by the excavators, have made Tel Anafa extremely valuable to all those interested in the Hellenistic world, providing a rare opportunity to study Greek culture in direct contact with Phoenician. Indeed, for many bodies of Hellenistic material, Tel Anafa serves as a typological and chronological “type site,” presenting a broader and more closely dated range of material than ever before possible. This volume covers the glass from the excavation, including many expensive glass drinking vessels, as well as the lamps, metal objects, and stone tools and vessels. 482 pp., 141 b/w illus., one color plate (Kelsey Museum, 2012). To purchase, please click here.

Hours of Infinity: Recording the Imperfect Eternal

by John Kannenberg, foreword by Marc Weidenbaum, introduction by T. G. Wilfong

Hours of Infinity is the catalogue of an exhibition and performance by artist John Kannenberg at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and the Work Gallery in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The three bodies of work comprising Hours of Infinity use an imprecise drawing method coupled with a disciplined approach to sonic observation that merge with elements of ancient Egyptian and Greek philosophies, contemporary museum theory, and mathematical proofs to investigate the timelessly beautiful imperfection inherent within the human experience of the Infinite. The catalogue features full color plates of the drawings in the exhibition, photographs documenting the making of the exhibitions and performance, and images showing the relationship of both to the collections and space of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. The catalogue is designed and written by artist John Kannenberg and features a foreword by sonic arts critic Marc Weidenbaum and an introduction by Egyptologist T.G. Wilfong. 64p, 3 b/w illus, 33 color illus, 23 color plates (Kelsey Museum 2012). To purchase, please  click here.

Archaeology and the Cities of Asia Minor in Late Antiquity

edited by Ortwin Dally and Christopher Ratté

The city was the fundamental social institution of Greek and Roman culture. More than the sack of Rome, the abandonment of provincial towns throughout the Mediterranean world in late antiquity (fourth-seventh centuries A.D.) marks the beginning of the Middle Ages. This volume examines archaeological evidence for this last phase of urban life in Asia Minor, one of the Roman empire¹s most prosperous regions. Based on the proceedings of a symposium co-sponsored by the University of Michigan and the German Archaeological Institute, it brings together studies by an international group of scholars on topics ranging from the public sculpture of Constantinople to the depopulation of the Anatolian countryside in early Byzantine times. x + 302p, 158 b/w illus & 17 color illus (Kelsey Museum, 2011). To purchase, please click here.

Building a New Rome: The Roman Colony of Pisidian Antioch (25 BC-300 AD)

edited by Elaine K. Gazda and Diana Y. Ng, in collaboration with Ünal Demirer

The essays in this volume bring to bear the latest scholarly and technological trends in archaeological research to shed new light on the site of Pisidian Antioch in west-central Turkey. Drawing on 3-D virtual reality technology as well as archival material from a 1924 University of Michigan expedition to the site, the authors propose new reconstructions of the city's major excavated monuments. They also evaluate these monuments in relation to the social and political imperatives of Pisidian Antioch's hybrid culture--one that overlaid a Roman imperial colony on a Hellenistic Greek city in an Anatolian region long inhabited by Phrygians and Pisidians. The study of Pisidian Antioch is thus seen in the context of recent scholarship on Rome's colonial project in the eastern empire. An accompanying DVD presents a fly-over of the virtual city created to aid in the authors' research. xviii-220p, 168 b/w illus, plus DVD (Kelsey Museum  2011). To purchase, please click here.

In the Field: The Archaeological Expeditions of the Kelsey Museum

by Lauren E. Talalay and Susan E. Alcock

The Kelsey Museum of Archaeology has a long and impressive history of archaeological fieldwork activity in the Mediterranean, the Near East, and Egypt. Over the past 80 years, the Museum has helped sponsor nearly two dozen projects in Turkey, Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Israel, Libya, Tunisia, Greece, and Armenia. In the Field presents a well-illustrated and informative summary account, with accompanying bibliographies, of each of these significant projects. 103p, 91 col illus, 56 b/w illus. (Kelsey Museum 2006).  To purchase, please click here.

Prehistorians Round the Pond: Reflections on Aegean Prehistory as a Discipline

edited by J. F. Cherry, D. Margomenou, and L.E. Talalay

This volume represents a pioneering examination of the nature and identities of Aegean prehistory as a discipline. Emerging from a workshop that generated lively debate among a wide cross-section of scholars, it offers one of the first published attempts to situate Aegean prehistory within a modern self-critical and reflexive context. The chapters and commentaries together yield a multidisciplinary discourse, covering such topics as the current health and academic status of the field, the political and social parameters of the discipline, the relationship between Aegean prehistory and Hellenism, and the discovery of the "Aegean" by Greek modernists. 179p, 30 figs, 11 tables (Kelsey Museum 2005). To purchase, please click here.

This Fertile Land: Signs and Symbols in the Early Arts of Iran and Iraq

edited by Margaret Cool Root

This volume accompanies an exhibition of the same name at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, February 4-September 30, 2005. Far more than merely a catalogue of the exhibition, it offers for a wide readership an introduction to the art of late prehistory (around 4000 BC) in Iran and Iraq, by bringing together a range of expressive visual tools-seals, sealings, and painted pottery. The focus is on a time before written expressions of belief, mythology, identity, or administrative documentation but also a time of ripened recourse to other visual strategies of communication that set the stage for writing as we conceive it. A series of 11 imaginative interpretative essays explores the evidence and the methods we can use to approach an understanding of the role of visual imagery (of signs and symbols) in late prehistory and to ask questions of this material as a means of approaching possible social meanings. The book is lavishly illustrated, and includes catalogue entries for every object included in the exhibition. 192p, 238 illus. (Kelsey Museum 2005).  To purchase, please click here.

Karanis, An Egyptian Town in Roman Times

Subtitle: Discoveries of the University of Michigan Expedition to Egypt (1924-1935)
edited by E.K. Gazda, with a new Preface and updated Bibliography by T.G. Wilfong

Karanis, a town in Egypt's Fayum region founded around 250 BC, housed a farming community with a diverse population and a complex material culture that lasted for hundreds of years. Ultimately abandoned and partly covered by the encroaching desert, Karanis eventually proved to be an extraordinarily rich archaeological site, yielding tens of thousands of artifacts and texts on papyrus that provide a wealth of information about daily life in the Roman-period Egyptian town. This volume tells of the history and culture of Karanis and also provides a useful introduction to the University of Michigan's excavations between 1924 and 1935 and to the artifacts, archival records, and photographs of the excavation that now form one of the major components of the collection of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. 50p, 75 figs (Kelsey Museum 2004).  To purchase, please click here.

Textiles from Karanis, Egypt in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

Subtitle: Artifacts of Everyday Life
by Thelma K. Thomas

The University of Michigan excavations of Karanis, a Graeco-Roman period site in Egypt, yielded a wide range of textiles. This illustrated book is the catalogue of a Kelsey Museum of Archaeology exhibition that documents a selection of textiles from the Michigan Karanis excavations, along with the processes of their manufacture, their place in the culture and society of Graeco-Roman Egypt, and their archaeological contexts. 48p, 57 illus. (Kelsey Museum 2001).  To purchase, please click here.

The Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii: Ancient Ritual, Modern Muse

edited by Elaine Gazda

This is a catalogue of an exhibition by the Kelsey Museum that focused on a cycle of frescoes found in 1909 at the well-known villa on the outskirts of ancient Pompeii. Painted around 60 BC, the cycle depicts young women probably being initiated into the cult of Bacchus (Dionysus) in preparation for marriage. The catalogue presents a number of objects connected with the villa, as well as the reconstruction watercolors commissioned by Francis W. Kelsey, founder of the museum, from Maria Barosso, an artist working in Rome at the time of the frescoes' discovery. Even more interesting are the ten essays that precede the artifacts, which focus on women and cult in the art of Roman Italy and have been developed out of a research group led by Gazda. 262p, col. and b/w pls. (Kelsey Museum 2000).  To purchase, please click here.

Leroy Waterman and the University of Michigan Excavations at Sepphoris, 1931

Subtitle: The Scientific Test of the Spade
by Elaine K. Gazda and Elise A. Friedland

The University of Michigan excavations at the site of Sepphoris in 1931 are the subject of this brief monograph, catalogue of an exhibition at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology that examined the Michigan excavations of late Roman/early Byzantine structures at Sepphoris and the complex issues surrounding the archaeological interpretation of the site. The book is illustrated with plans, photographs of artifacts and reproductions of archival material from the excavations. 21p, illus. (Kelsey Museum 1997).  To purchase, please click here.

Women and Gender in Ancient Egypt: From Prehistory to Late Antiquity

by Terry G. Wilfong

This illustrated book explores the roles and status of women and the wider subject of gender in ancient Egypt using Egyptian artifacts from the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology that range in date from prehistory to Late Antiquity, with an emphasis on Graeco-Roman Egypt. The importance of women and the complex roles of gender in Egyptian society, religion and culture are examined in a series of essays that raise provocative questions while presenting previously unpublished artifacts. 103p, illus. (Kelsey Museum 1997). To purchase, please click here.

Images of Empire: Flavian Fragments in Rome and Ann Arbor Rejoined

by Elaine K. Gazda and Anne E. Haeckl

Toward the end of the first century AD, Roman Emperor Domitian erected a temple in Rome, the Templum Gentis Flaviae, to commemorate his illustrious family. Although the temple is long destroyed, fragments of its decorations now in museums in Rome and Ann Arbor allow a partial reconstruction and better understanding of this important monument. This illustrated catalogue of an exhibition at the Kelsey Museum documents the reunion of the temple fragments and examines them in their wider artistic and political contexts. 60p, illus. (Kelsey Museum 1996).  To purchase, please click here.

Preserving Eternity: Modern Goals, Ancient Intentions

Subtitle: Egyptian Funerary Artifacts in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
by Janet E. Richards and Terry G. Wilfong

The methods that modern museums use to preserve their ancient Egyptian artifacts parallel in many ways the strategies that the ancient Egyptians themselves used to preserve the bodies and possessions of their dead. This illustrated book, catalogue of a Kelsey Museum exhibition, explores the parallels between Egyptian funerary practices and modern museum conservation through a series of short essays that concentrate on groups of artifacts in the Kelsey Museum collection. 64p, illus. (Kelsey Museum 1995).  To purchase, please click here.

Dangerous Archaeology: Francis Willey Kelsey and Armenia (1919-1920)

by Thelma K. Thomas

Francis W. Kelsey's travels in the 1920s on behalf of the University of Michigan to establish archaeological projects in the Near East and North Africa are well known, but his first such expedition was a little-heralded trip through Armenia in 1919-1920. This book is an illustrated exhibition catalogue that documents Kelsey's Armenian travels and discusses the complex geo-political issues that Kelsey's expedition raised. 72p, illus. (Kelsey Museum 1990). To purchase, please click here.

In Pursuit of Antiquity: Thomas Spencer Jerome and the Bay of Naples (1899-1914)

edited by Elaine K. Gazda

Thomas Spencer Jerome (1864-1914) was the benefactor of the Jerome Lectures at the University of Michigan and American Academy in Rome, a well-known lecture series in Classical Studies, but his involvement in classical archaeology is otherwise not so widely known. This brief study draws on archives now housed in the Kelsey Museum to trace Jerome's active involvement with a number of classical sites in Italy, including Misenum, Baiae. Puteoli, and Pompeii. 26p, illus. (Kelsey Museum 1983).  To purchase, please click here

Wondrous Glass: Reflections on the World of Rome c.50 B.C. - A.D. 650

by Margaret Cool Root

Published in conjunction with an exhibition, this book presents a selection of Roman period glass from the collections of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. The Kelsey Museum collections are particularly notable for their large holdings of excavated glass from the Roman period Egyptian site of Karanis, and the book illustrates the wide range of well-preserved glass from Karanis and other Roman sites. 48p, illus. (Kelsey Museum 1982). To purchase, please click here.

A Victorian View of Ancient Rome

Subtitle: The Parker Collection of Historical Photographs in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
by Judith Keller and Kenneth A. Breisch

British antiquarian John Henry Parker (1806-1884) was among the first to use photography to document the surviving ruins of ancient Rome in the 1860s, but his project to do so remains little understood and his photographs underutilized. This illustrated book explores Parker's work through a rare set of his images housed in the Kelsey Museum and reassesses the value of his legacy. 38p, 7 pls. (Kelsey Museum 1980).  To purchase, please click here

Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum: United States of America, Fascicle 3

Subtitle: University of Michigan, Fascicle 1
by Wilhelmina van Ingen

This historic 1933 publication documents the important collection of Egyptian, Greek, and Italian pottery assembled in the early years of what is now the Kelsey Museum. This collection, brought together in part for teaching purposes, contains a wide range of classic pottery types and is illustrative of the development of pottery over time in these Mediterranean cultures. The volume consists of a portfolio containing loose, unbound plates and explanatory text with catalogue, as is the standard for the CVA. 84p, 48 plates (Harvard University Press 1933).  To purchase, please click here

Excavations at Carthage 1925: A Preliminary Report

by Francis W. Kelsey

A recently rediscovered stock of Francis W. Kelsey's 1926 preliminary report on the University of Michigan's first season of excavations at Carthage, the important Punic and later Roman settlement near the modern city of Tunis. This brief volume gives a narrative account of the excavations of the Punic remains in the Precinct of Tanit at the site. 51p, illus. (Macmillan 1926).  To purchase, please click here