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Monthly Archive: December Anci

Weapon Wednesday: The Horse

Posted: January 29, 2014 - 14:42 , by Robert Mason
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Frieze from the tomb of Zuo Biao, sandstone 110cm long, dated by inscription to 150 AD, Eastern Han dynasty, Mamaozhuang village, China, # 925.25.22.N

The horse is not just a form of transportation, but is a weapon in itself. The genus Equus is thought to have evolved over 4 million years ago in North America, specialising in being able to eat the grass of the steppelands and run away from predators. North American horses later became extinct, possibly due to hunting by humans, although various species of horse, asses and zebras thrived in the Old World.

Behind the scenes in New World Archaeology with April Hawkins

Posted: January 8, 2014 - 13:29 , by Ryan Dodge
New World Archaeology Technician April Hawkins

April shows us what goes on behind the scenes in the New World Archaeology Department

The Evans Connection Part 2: The Minoans Created

Posted: December 31, 2013 - 16:34 , by Kate Cooper

The continuation of the story of how the British archeologist, Sir Arthur Evans, made his own particular interpretation of the ancient Minoan civilization so popular.

The Evans Connection Part 1: The Minoans Discovered

Posted: December 30, 2013 - 20:39 , by Kate Cooper

I pick up the story of the Ivory ‘Minoan’ Goddess to discuss why the ROM, or indeed anyone, believed that the figurine was genuine (or why she was created, if she is fake). 

Weapon Wednesday: The Long History of an Irish Bronze Age Sword

Posted: December 18, 2013 - 13:04 , by Robert Mason
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The Late Bronze Age sword and its 18th century grip.

The story of a sword made in Bronze Age Ireland.

Weapon Wednesday: Two daggers from Luristan, Iran

Posted: December 4, 2013 - 12:14 , by Robert Mason
ROM #938.35, the dagger of Marduk-shapik-zeri, 43.6 cm long (ROM Photography)

In museum circles the region of Luristan in the Zagros Mountains has a long association with the antiquities looted from tombs there in the 1920's and 30's. These objects seem to be primarily from the Early Iron Age (circa 1000 BC - 750 BC), and comprise an array of distinctive objects that include horse bridles and other equipment; fittings possibly associated with chariots; and an array of weapons, primarily of bronze.

Exposing the ROM ‘Minoan’ Goddess

Posted: November 6, 2013 - 13:01 , by Kate Cooper
X-ray image of the ROM goddess (still 'fully' dressed)

I’m very excited to announce that a short video about the ‘Minoan’ Ivory Goddess has just gone live!

 

Weapon Wednesday

Posted: September 18, 2013 - 08:30 , by Robert Mason
Sword of Babylonian King Marduk-shapik-zeri, 1081-1069 BC

Weapons are one of the most politically-incorrect subjects there are, associated with brutality and violence. But they are also important, and have often defined the cultures that made them....

Amarna Artifacts in the ROM’s Ancient Egypt Collection

Posted: September 11, 2013 - 11:33 , by Matthew Church
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Gallery shot of Eye of the Beholder with collar and relief sculpture in foreground under spotlight, W. Garfield Weston Exhibition Hall

A look at the ROM's massive collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts, specifically those from the Armana collection.

The beta #ROMGameJam

Posted: August 12, 2013 - 14:29 , by Ryan Dodge
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ROM Game Jam participants gather for a group photo

August 9-11, the ROM Ancient Cultures team hosted the museum's very first Game Jam.