The art history study collection at Kenyon College features over 600 objects, prints, paintings, and sculptures for faculty and students to use in their classrooms and assignments. The 20 students enrolled in Early Medieval Art (ARHS 232) worked in pairs to conduct original research on artifacts that have never been studied. Students began their investigation by finding comparanda in museum collections and exhibition catalogues; the most valuable online resources were the databases of the Portable Antiquities Scheme, the British Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This process allowed students to identify imagery, understand function, and suggest possible dates for their artifacts. These identifications opened doors to discovering the historical contexts of their pieces, reading primary sources, and studying ancient and medieval images that depict how their artifacts may have been used. At the end of the semester, students synthesized their research and created websites to present this material for a general audience. This was a unique project in which students were the scholars, creating knowledge, and advancing our understanding of the art history department’s study collection. Click on the images below to learn more about each project.