Meet ROM Archaeologist April Hawkins and experience her brand new display "Toronto Underfoot." 'Toronto Underfoot' explores 10,000 years of history through artifacts found all over our city! April will have out rarely seen specimens from the collections and be on hand to talk about our amazing city's past!
Included with Museum Admission. Activities 11 am - 3 pm.
All activities take place in the Rotunda, Level 1, unless otherwise noted.
April Hawkins is an 18 year veteran of managing archaeological material culture in major museums, archaeology storehouses, and in the excavation trench. April has conducted archaeological reconnaissance since she was 16, and was first in her family to go to university, training at University of Illinois and Harvard. Sought out by Cultural Resource firms, the Army Corp of Engineers, the Smithsonian and other interesting archaeology museums, April has solved a few archaeological mysteries. Currently April manages the New World Archaeology collection at the Royal Ontario Museum, and recently engaged 26,000 visitors with her online exhibit based on Toronto archaeology, which subsequently grew into a gallery exhibit. With no fear of failure April innovates with simple tools (such as LEGO and Google Maps) using creative problem solving to protect, reveal, and sometimes breathe new relevance into ancient objects. Handling ancient material culture daily, April witnesses on an intimate scale the unfathomable loss of cultural knowledge and ideological vision found in objects that were once encyclopedic reservoirs for cultures that had no written language. Follow April's adventures on Twitter!
- Toronto Underfoot Google Map
- April Hawkins on CBC's Metro Morning
- Found in Toronto: Toronto’s Archaeological Past
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