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: Video

This wall painting installed in the Bishop White Gallery of Chinese Temple Art forms the centrepiece of one of the world's most important collections of Chinese temple art. Learn about this iconic object, one of the best-preserved examples of its kind, and why it is a must-see treasure of the Royal Ontario Museum's collection.

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Front face of ring displaying engraving in purple stone.

Collector's ring with a large convex amethyst gem engraved with an image of Nike. Height: 2.2 cm Accession number: 925.83.6

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Dead Sea Scrolls: Words that Changed the World is on display from June 27, 2009 to January 3, 2010.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century the earliest record of biblical patriarchs and prophets known to Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Discover many rarely and never-before-seen Scrolls, as well as extraordinary 2,000-year-old artifacts of the period, in this original ROM exhibition.