Cobb Museum Essay

1318 Words Feb 16th, 2013 6 Pages
Kyle Walker
Intro to Anthropology
Dr. Jean Marcus
November 16, 2012

Cobb Museum Paper
The Cobb Institute Museum at Mississippi State University displays items from the Old World and the New World. When I visited the museum I noticed a wide variety of artifacts. The Old world side contained pieces from many Old World countries, while the New World side featured a lot of pieces that are from local areas. Since there was such a vast number of artifacts at the Cobb Museum, I have decided to focus on the clay vessels and etchings in the Old and New World.
In the section of ceramics form Israel’s Iron Age II, there were a lot of pots and vessels. A four-room house in the Halif settlement is where the Archeologists found the pieces
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I was glad to see that some of the pots were setting upside down. I liked how I was able to see what the bottoms looked like.
The Cobb Museum had a collection of Old World oil lamps. One lamp was cream colored and teardrop shaped. The top was adorned with a thin u-shaped decoration. Small etched circles added a decorated touch. The top of the lamp had a small looped handle. At the back of the case there was an interesting oil lamp. It was tan colored with hints of red. The handle looked like the back fin of a whale. Next to the spout was a floral design. Two gazelles with long, thin horns graced the sides of the lamp (http://www.cobb.msstate.edu/museum/). The lamp that stood out the most was a black lamp with four spouts from Rome (Cobb). It was the only displayed lamp with multiple spouts. Two of the spouts were missing, but it was obvious where the missing ones would have been. The two remaining spouts had wide openings. The lamp had protruding triangles between each spout to give the lamp a diamond shape. All of the oil lamps in Cobb were varied and unique.
The replica of the Rosetta Stone was obviously one of the most interesting pieces in the museum. I am ashamed to admit that prior to taking Anthropology, I did not know what the Rosetta Stone was. This very important artifact was made in 196 B.C. It is a shiny black stone with three different sections of writings: ancient Greek, a Demotic script, and Egyptian hieroglyphs…