ROM Ancient Cultures

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

ROM Ancient Cultures explores the civilizations of the past and their relevance today.

 

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Category: Blog Post
Gayle Gibson with Nefret-Mut's coffin

ROM Educator and Egyptologist Gayle Gibson explains how she was able to name this mummy after so many years in the collection

Category: Blog Post
The Last Day of Pompeii is a large canvas painting by Russian artist Karl Briullov in 1830-33 (Hermitage Museum, public domain image)

Probably on October 24th in 79 AD a large group of people congregated on the beach at the seaside town of Herculaneum, in Italy. They were presumably trying to take ship to gain distance from Mount Vesuvius, which had been raining ash and rocks on the city, and the neighbouring town of Pompeii, all day. But suddenly, a massive cloud of red-hot ash swept down from the volcano directly towards Herculaneum.

Category: Exhibition
Found in more than a dozen tiny pieces, this reconstructed "mini-pot" has incised shoulder decoration typical of Late Woodland period ceramics in Ontario. Some scholars suggest that mini-pots may have been practice pots made by children.

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