Ancient Cultures

Monthly Archive: December Anci

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. 

Behind the Scenes at the #ROMGameJam

Posted: August 11, 2013 - 12:02 , by Rae Ostman
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Logo for ROM Game Jam

On August 9-11, the ROM hosted our first-ever Game Jam. Here's a peek behind the scenes.

The 'Goddess' and the Museum: "What's in a name?"

Posted: August 9, 2013 - 08:10 , by Kate Cooper
The ROM Ivory 'Minoan' Goddess, 1991

In this third instalment of work on the ROM archives find out why the Ivory 'Minoan' Goddess has held such a lasting fascination.

The 'Goddess' and the Museum: Museum Attitudes

Posted: August 7, 2013 - 08:54 , by Kate Cooper
The ROM ivory and gold figurine on display

In this second instalment of my work on the archives I pick up the story of the ROM’s ‘Minoan’ Ivory Goddess, looking at her fluctuating reputation within the museum itself.