August 13, 2013—One, two, three. . . LIFT!

Using two chain hoists, each capable of conveying a ton of weight, art handlers from Marshall Fine Art Services lifted Amherst's newly acquired 1,400-pound Roman sarcophagus onto its specially constructed aluminum pedestal. The "airlift" offered the Mead's antiquities expert, Dr. Pamela Russell, a rare opportunity to examine the underside of the 1,800 year-old marble. The visual evidence recorded during that examination promises to yield fresh insights into the object's long and fascinating history.

On August 16, the sarcophagus will go on view in the special exhibition, This Just In! Additions to the Collection from Pompeii to Today. All are welcome to attend the public celebration on Friday, September 6, at 4:30 p.m., when the Mead will debut a new translation of the Latin poem inscribed on the sarcophagus, a translation composed by former U.S. Poet Laureateand Amherst College professor and alumnusRichard Wilbur.