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Monthly Archive: December

ROM ‘Minoan’ Goddess Hangout: battling with technology!

Posted: February 12, 2014 - 17:19 , by Kate Cooper

Dr. Kenneth Lapatin, an expert in ancient ivory and gold statues, talks about the ROM's ‘Minoan’ goddess in a Google+ Hangout. His research and publications about the suspect Minoan ivory figurines prompted the ROM to reconsider the display of their own ‘icon’. 

Weapon Wednesday: The Indian Katar, a Necessary Dress Accessory

Posted: February 12, 2014 - 15:45 , by Robert Mason
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In South Asia during the 16th to early 20th centuries all fashionable young men when visiting their ladies would want to dress at their best. This would include one very necessary dress acessory: the katar. This uniquely South Asian dagger is thought to have developed in the very southern part of what is now India. In the 17th century the type was adopted across South Asia, and became a standard dress accessory in the Mughal courts.

 

Mighty Burgess Shale fossil site discovered in Kootenay National Park

Posted: February 11, 2014 - 07:35 , by Jean-Bernard Caron
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A new fossil arthropod from Marble Canyon (Kootenay National Park)

Today we are proud to report the extraordinary discovery of a new fossil deposit in Kootenay National Park.

Forbidden City Preparations

Posted: February 6, 2014 - 15:26 , by Brian Boyle
View of construction in gallery

A sneak peek of the preparations and installation process of The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors!

When Objects Guide Our Pedagogy: An Introduction to Experiential Learning

Posted: January 30, 2014 - 14:31 , by Amanda Girgis

Experiential learning is a teaching method that allows learners to explore and examine objects that illustrate larger concepts.

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.

Forbidden City Crates Arrive

Posted: January 28, 2014 - 08:59 , by Brian Boyle
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Photo of crates

All the wonderful artifcats from the ROM’s upcoming blockbuster exhibition, The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors, have finally arrived from Beijing's Palace Museum!

 

The ROM’s Chinese New Year

Posted: January 24, 2014 - 17:05 , by admin

Here’s to the Year of the Horse… and to a very Chinese New Year at the ROM. 

#MuseumSelfie day @ROMtoronto

Posted: January 23, 2014 - 10:36 , by Ryan Dodge
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Photo from www.trendsmap.com of #MuseumSelfie trending internationally

Yesterday we joined an international tweet up called #MuseumSelfie day, here's our recap.

Learning science through Hip Hop: Interview with Baba Brinkman

Posted: January 17, 2014 - 13:41 , by Amanda Girgis
Baba Brickman

Baba Brinkman’s music draws on both the art of rap and, the relevance of natural selection today.