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)

Krzysztof Grzymski on location in Meroe, Sudan.

Senior Curator ( Egypt & Nubia)

Kay Sunahara in collections storage at the ROM

Greek, Etruscan, Roman & Byzantine Collections Technician

Research Projects

Excavating the Wanghailuo site in 2001
Upper Palaeolithic microblade technology
Roberta Shaw, Theban Tomb #89 Epigraphic Project
Theban Tomb #89 was built by Amenmose who served King Amenhotep III (
A core part of the archaeological science research at the ROM is the
Detail of the head of the Minoan Ivory Goddess
This exquisite ivory and gold figurine (museum registration number
Exploring the Letti Basin
Daily life in a medieval Nubian town and cultural ecology of the