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. Clemens Reichel

Associate Curator

Krzysztof Grzymski on location in Meroe, Sudan.

Senior Curator ( Egypt & Nubia)

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

Detail of pilgrim token
Pilgrim tokens or “portable bits of divine energy” were
Roberta Shaw, Theban Tomb #89 Epigraphic Project
Theban Tomb #89 was built by Amenmose who served King Amenhotep III (
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
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)
Front and verso of Carte-de-visite of Nazir Jaan tawaif of Gwalior, by Mushkooroodowlah, albumen print mounted on board, Lucknow, India, 1860s-1880s, 2007.17.1.91. Cyrus and Ruth Jhabvala Collection. This acquisition was made possible by the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust.
Inspired by an album of 168 cartes-de-visite of courtesans from