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

Justin Jennings

Curator (New World Archaeology)

Dr. Clemens Reichel

Associate Curator

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

Excavation scene at Meroe, Sudan, Africa, 2001
Excavation, conservation and restoration of the capital of Kush
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)
Detail of pilgrim token
Pilgrim tokens or “portable bits of divine energy” were
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
Detail of the head of the Minoan Ivory Goddess
This exquisite ivory and gold figurine (museum registration number