Arsinoe in the Peloponnese

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Ptolemaic base of Arsinoe in the Peloponnese © David Gill

The Ptolemaic base of Arsinoe was probably established on the Methana peninsula in the 260s BC (for further details see here). The base was founded away from the classical polis of Methana. Significant remains of the fort walls are found on the Nissaki near the modern port of Loutra.

The base was probably abandoned soon after 145 BC.

‘A mummified finger rolled out across the desk’ at the Egypt Centre, Swansea

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Egypt Centre, Swansea University © David Gill

The THE recently had an article posing the question, ‘Who has the oddest job on campus?‘ (4 August 2016). I was glad to see my former colleague Wendy Goodridge answering the questions and providing some insights into the daily routine in a specialised university museum.

  • Gill, David W.J. “From Wellcome Museum to Egypt Centre: Displaying Egyptology in Swansea.” Göttinger Miszellen 205 (2005): 47-54 [online for subscribers]

Chesters Museum

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Chesters Museum © David Gill

The collection in the site museum at Chesters Museum was formed by John Clayton (1792-1890) [ODNB]. He inherited the Chesters estate in 1832. The museum opened in 1903. The original layout was by the Egyptologist Sir Wallis Budge (1857-1934).

ODNB notes, ‘In the early twenty-first century the Clayton collection at Chesters Roman Fort and Museum—under the care of English Heritage—remains an internationally recognized site of Roman history and Victorian collecting practices’.

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Chesters Museum © David Gill

Tucked inside my MPBW guidebook is a paper guide to the museum by Grace Simpson, the Honorary Curator. The sections include: History of the Museum; The Inscriptions; The Building of Hadrian’s Wall, with sub-sections on the Centurial Stones, Milecastle Inscriptions, Fort Inscriptions, Chesters Garrisons, The Second Ala of Asturians; Religious Sculptures, with a sub-section on Tombstones; Objects in the Show-Cases, with sub-sections on the Chesters Diploma, the Clayton Corn-Measure, the Water-Mill Stones, and Roman Flooring. The guide was printed by the Oxonian Press, Oxford.

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Guide to Chesters Museum