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Monthly Archive: December

Building Blocks of the ROM

Posted: March 5, 2012 - 10:52 , by admin

Submitted by Vincent Vertolli, Assistant Curator Geology

Detail of Rotunda doors displaying wooden doors, relief and stained glass

The Making of Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana

Posted: March 2, 2012 - 09:26 , by admin

Contributed by Peter May, President, Research Casting International Ltd.

We held a press preview day at our shop last week to launch the ROM’s major summer exhibition – Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana. Of the 17 dinosaur skeletons to be exhibited, ten are pretty well finished; just final paint to be applied.

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


Photograph of educated man in his study by W. H. Grant, gelatin silver print, China, c. 1900. ROM 2011.79.20. Gift in memory of Rev. Dr. William Harvey Grant and Dr. Susannah McCalla Grant, M. D.

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.