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Monthly Archive: December

Spinels: A Misunderstood Gemstone

Posted: July 13, 2012 - 14:30 , by Katherine Dunnell
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St. James’ Cemetery ROMwalks

Posted: July 3, 2012 - 09:13 , by admin
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St. James’ Cemetery, opened at the corner of Parliament and Bloor Streets in 1844, is the eternal resting place of many of the prominent families of York and Toronto.  Monuments and mausoleums are engraved with the names Jarvis, Ridout, Gooderham, Cawthra, Baldwin and Osler among others. Stories of success and scandal abound.

Historic South Rosedale Artist Studio

Posted: June 29, 2012 - 13:47 , by admin
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Submitted by Regina Virgo, Department of Museum Volunteers

On our ROMwalk tour of the western section of South Rosedale, we’ll descend into the Rosedale Ravine via Park Road, originally a corduroy road constructed by Sheriff William Botsford Jarvis to make the trip to Rosedale more convenient and facilitate sales of his Rose Park subdivision lots.

Life in Toronto – Rouge Bioblitz 2012

Posted: June 25, 2012 - 14:53 , by admin

submitted by the ROM Bioblitz Team

Discoveries at Harvard – ROM expertise at work

Posted: June 21, 2012 - 15:14 , by Robert Mason
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This week I am in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Harvard Art Museums  here are rebuilding, and planning new galleries, and have also acquired a new collection of pottery from the Middle East.  So they have flown me down here for the week on an all-expenses-paid visit, to look at their Islamic pottery (AD 700-1700) and tell them if it is good (not fake), where it is from, and when it was made.

Life of an Isis statue, Bequest Sir Robert Mond, ROM

Posted: June 19, 2012 - 09:07 , by admin
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948.34.41, Seated Isis, was brought to conservation in 1994 for examination and cleaning.

ROM’s archaeologists at the Maya ruins of Ka’Kabish and Lamanai in Belize

Posted: June 18, 2012 - 13:15 , by admin
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Dr. Chen Shen

Written by Chen Shen, Vice President, Senior Curator, Bishop White Chair of East Asian Archaeology

Archaeologists pose in front of a Mayan temple in a clearing in the Jungle.

Discovering Hidden Treasures in the heart of Toronto

Posted: June 13, 2012 - 09:27 , by admin
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Getting to and from work and home can be hectic.  Most of us use TTC or drive, and in doing so we miss much of what cyclists or pedestrians see clearly every day.  Did you know, for example, that a herd of “bunny dogs” romp on the boulevard at Wellington and John?  Or that Glenn Gould is amongst us, and invites us to join him on a bench to watch the world go by?  Where is Toronto’s newest wonder, created in China from 22 tons of stainless steel, and what message does it convey??

Rouge Park Bioblitz

Posted: June 12, 2012 - 13:57 , by Dave Ireland

Submitted by Brennan Caverhill, Biodiversity Intern

Rouge BioBlitz, June 15 - 16, 2012

A rare ‘dragon’ found….

Posted: June 11, 2012 - 15:52 , by Antonia Guidotti

Sometimes, there are really extraordinary stories that are uncovered in our day to day studies; this particular one was submitted by Dr. Henry Frania, an Entomology research associate at the ROM.