February 2012

Monthly Archive: February 2012

Celts, Bronze Age weapons, and the ROM's Celtic Family Weekend

Posted: February 29, 2012 - 13:11 , by Robert Mason
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Woman holding a metal shield in her hands

Here Kay Sunahara of the ROM's Department of World Cultures places a rare shield from the Middle Bronze Age on its mount.

Growing Collections: East Asian and South Asian Photography

Posted: February 28, 2012 - 15:36 , by Deepali Dewan

 A black and white photograph from the archives of Rev. Dr. William Harvey Grant

Photograph of educated man in his study by W. H. Grant, gelatin silver print, China, c. 1900.

Discovering the Roots of RasTafari

Posted: February 24, 2012 - 15:40 , by Patti McCabe
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The Rastafari movement or Rasta as some call it, is a religious movement that arose in the 1930s in Jamaica.  Members of the Rastafari movement are known as Rastas, or Rastafari. Rastafari is not a highly organized religion; it is more of a movement and an ideology. Many Rastas say that it is not a “religion” at all, but a “Way of Life”.

Chocolate – The Food of the Gods

Posted: February 15, 2012 - 12:37 , by Patti McCabe

Following up on our last blog – not all chocolate is the bitter kind born of child labour and greedy corporations. ChocoSol Traders is a small, ecological and inter-community initiative between farmers in Chiapas, Mexico, sustainable technologists based out of Oaxaca City, Mexico and horizontal traders and chocolatiers in Toronto.

A Tale of Two Cities

Posted: February 13, 2012 - 14:48 , by Elizabeth O'Grady

Dr. Helen R. Haines has discovered many things in her years of digging, measuring and mapping the remnants of the ancient Maya culture. However, it would be a mistake to assume that what she uncovers relates only to peoples of the distant past. Sometimes, what we learn about them reveals equally as much about us.

Meteorite of the month: martian meteorite NWA 5298

Posted: February 9, 2012 - 13:51 , by admin
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By Brendt C. Hyde, ROM Mineralogy Technician

Meteorites can come from a variety of locations.  Most often we think of them as pieces of rock ejected off of asteroids during big collisions in space.  However, these collisions also happen on the planets and moons in our solar system.  The Earth has luckily been able to collect a number of meteorites from our moon and from the planet Mars.  This month we take a look at a rock from Mars.

Justin Jennings and ROMtravel visit a hacienda in Mexico

Posted: February 8, 2012 - 10:47 , by admin

Submitted by Justin Jennings, Curator, Department of World Cultures.  Follow his Maya adventures with ROMTravel.

Justin Jennings leads ROMtravellers through 2,000 years of Maya history

Posted: February 7, 2012 - 16:01 , by admin

Submitted by Justin Jennings, Curator, Department of World Cultures.  Follow his Maya adventures with ROMTravel.

ROM Curator Justin Jennings writes from ROMtravel trip to Maya lands.

Posted: February 3, 2012 - 03:15 , by admin

Submitted by Justin Jennings, Curator, Department of World Cultures.  Follow his Maya adventures  with ROMTravel.

Curator Justin Jennings fills us in on ROMtravel Maya journey

Posted: February 2, 2012 - 14:25 , by admin
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Submitted by Justin Jennings, Curator, Department of World Cultures.  Follow his Maya adventures  with ROMTravel.

Chichicastenango - a mouthful for the non Maya speaker, but one of the most beautiful towns in the highlands of Guatemala.