We are thrilled to announce that Kelsey conservators Caroline Roberts and Suzanne Davis have been awarded a $46,595 grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to pursue a two-year research project on "Advancing the Technical Study of Color in Archaeological Collections." 

“This is a wonderful opportunity to make color research more accessible to smaller institutions like ours. The NEH grant will allow us to conduct scientific analysis on colorful artifacts at the Kelsey and develop a scalable research tool for other archaeological collections to use,” says Roberts, the project’s lead investigator.

Left: Carrie performs multispectral imaging (MSI) on a mummy portrait from the Fayum region of Egypt. Right: A closeup of the portrait, KM 26801.

NEH grants are prestigious and highly competitive awards granted to scholars pursuing projects that embody exceptional research, rigorous analysis, and clear writing. Roberts's project is one of six to be granted funding from the Endowment’s Research and Development program this year, chosen from twenty-five eligible applications.

More details about the latest round of NEH grants are available on the NEH's website.

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at www.neh.gov.