oil lamp

In 2018, Prof. Matt Dillon of the LMU Dept. of Classics and Archaeology began the project of digitizing the department’s extensive collection of ancient oil lamps. With the help of the Honors Program and LMU’s digital librarian, he directed several students in the work of photographing, measuring, and integrating the handwritten records of nearly 200 specimens, mostly from the Near East, and covering over 3,000 years of history, from the Bronze Age through the Islamic period.  This was conceived as a long-term project, intended both to give LMU students hands-on experience in the treatment of artifacts, and ultimately to produce an online catalogue for the collection. The work was necessarily interrupted by the Covid pandemic but restarted in 2022 under the supervision of Prof. Caroline Sauvage (see CLAR 4349).