ROM Ancient Cultures

ROM Ancient Cultures explores the civilizations of the past and their relevance today. From early human ancestors in China to the technological innovations of Mesopotamia to the global economy of ancient Rome, ancient cultures help us understand the diversity of human experience.

ROM archaeologists excavate around the world. Back at the museum, our staff analyze and conserve the ROM’s artifact collections. And our broader community of archaeology enthusiasts and experts share insight and data from around the world.

How can information about past cultures help us understand our present world and plan for the future? Get involved with the centre, and be part of the conversation!

There are many ways to participate in ROM Ancient Cultures, from gallery visits to public programs to research conferences. Explore the artifacts in our galleries, talk to our curators, examine real artifacts, make crafts using traditional techniques, or join a debate on current topics in archaeology.

ROM Staff

Dr. Wen Chen Cheng

Curator (Louise Hawley Stone Chair of Far Eastern Art)

Kay Sunahara in collections storage at the ROM

Greek, Etruscan, Roman & Byzantine Collections Technician

Dr. Chen Shen, Vice President, Senior Curator, Bishop White Chair of East Asian Archaeology

Vice President, Senior Curator (Bishop White Chair of East Asian Archaeology)

Research Projects

Wuzhu coins of the Han Dynasty, 206 BC – AD 220 (926.9.25.1.1-.40.3), Spade-shape coin of the Eastern Zhou Dynasty, 771 - 221 BC (926.9.6.1.6.2), Kangxi Tongbao coin of the Qing Dynasty, AD 1644 - 1911 (926.9.216.3.1)
The ROM is one of few museums in the world with a collection of compr
Hollow-brick Han tomb reconstruction, Gallery of Chinese Architecture.
During the Han Dynasty, stone and brick tombs of the wealthy were sub
Detail of pilgrim token
Pilgrim tokens or “portable bits of divine energy” were
Ceramics recovered in an intact tomb at Collota. The ceramics mix local and Wari styles.
The impact of the Wari (AD 600 - 1000) and Inca (AD 1430 - 1532)
Excavation scene at Meroe, Sudan, Africa, 2001
Excavation, conservation and restoration of the capital of Kush
Detail of the head of the Minoan Ivory Goddess
This exquisite ivory and gold figurine (museum registration number