Mercury Rising

ALBANY, N.Y. (February 2, 2016) — A seventeen-hundred-year-old Serbian mosaic depicting the Roman god Mercury was given new life in 2014 by a restoration team that included two University at Albany art history students.

Lynne Merrihew and Jordan Scott, undergraduates from the Department of Art and Art History, traveled to Serbia as part of a 2014 summer internship to restore a mosaic pavement within the circa 300 AD-built Sirmium Imperial Palace. Located in the town of Sremska Mitrovica, the artwork was created by order of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. The students were the first from America to participate in its restoration.

Lynne picked up further archeological experience last summer through an internship with the New York State Museum’s Historical Archaeology Department. “I assisted with cataloging and basic conservation work, mostly on artifacts from a Revolutionary War site near the Lake George Battleground State Park,” she said.

She plans to go on to a master or doctoral program after graduation in either art conservation or applied archaeology.

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