Since their discovery in 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls have rarely toured in order to preserve the fragile parchment. This original ROM exhibition includes rarely and never-before-seen Scrolls, as well as extraordinary 2,000-year-old artifacts of the period.
The annual ROM Colloquium highlights recent discoveries by ROM curators and researchers.
Turkey, a vast country spanning Europe and Asia, is a true cradle of civilizations. Our journey takes us from Istanbul in the west to Sanliurfa in southeast Anatolia, under the expert guidance Trinity Jackman, an experienced Classical Archaeologist.
Join ROM curators and outside experts as they reveal how ukiyo-e prints, ceramics and netsuke seduced the hearts and held an aesthetic grip over pioneer collectors and connoisseurs of Japanese art and their legacies today at the ROM. End the day with a tour of the Prince Takamado Gallery of Japan.
Morning refreshments and light lunch included.
Program offered by the Bishop White Committee.
10:00 am - 10:15 am Morning refreshments
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Rebanks Research Fellow in Classical Archaeology
Interests: Ancient Greek art and archaeology, Greek pottery of the archaic and classical periods
B.A., Lit. Hum. (Classics), Oxford University, 1998
M.A., Classical History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, 1999
Ph.D., Classical Archaeology, Kings College London, 2007
Dr Kate Cooper joined the ROM in May 2012 on a two-year Rebanks Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Her research, which builds on her Ph.D. work, focusses on the ancient uses and appreciation of figure-decorated archaic Corinthian pottery, which was the most widely transported of all the pottery produced in archaic Greece and is found all around the Mediterranean. She is also working on particular aspects of the iconography of early Greek pottery, including the sphinx and the gorgon. As well as pursuing her own research, Kate has day-to-day museum tasks, including working with Paul Denis in the Greek and Roman section on curatorial matters, and taking part in the running of ROM public events such as Ancient Rome and Greece Weekend and National Archaeology Day at the ROM.
Before coming to the ROM, Kate was at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (UK), where she was part of the curatorial team responsible for the redisplay of the Greek and Roman gallery. For some information on that gallery project see these pages from the Fitzwilliam Museum website. She has also worked in the Greece and Rome department at The British Museum, London. Her range of experience in different museums has stimulated her interest in how museums currently display Greek and Roman antiquity, and how such displays help shape the perceptions of the general public about this field of academic research. These ideas have been the subject of several academic presentations, and the inspiration for teaching graduate seminars at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Classics and the University of Toronto, Classics Department.
A core part of the archaeological science research at the ROM is the Ceramic Petrology Laboratory. Petrology or Petrographic analysis is a technique developed in the earth-sciences for observation of rocks and minerals. It involves creating a "thin-section" of the material being studied, which is a thin slice exactly 0.03 mm thick. Once the thin-section is made it is viewed through a polarised-light microscope, which has two polarising filters oriented at right-angles to each other, thereby blocking out any light.