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.


What's New

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Legendary in Chinese history, General Zu Dashou was celebrated for his defence of the Ming dynasty against the Manchu invasion. The Tomb of General Zu Dashou (Ming Tomb) now stands in the Gallery of Chinese Architecture and is one of the Museum's iconic objects.

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This granite bust is most likely a representation of one of history's most famous women, Cleopatra, and is a Royal Ontario Museum iconic object. Only three pieces of Ptolemaic sculpture like this exist in the world today. This one is on display in the Galleries of Africa: Egypt.

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Former District Archaeologist of Jerusalem and current professor at Bar-Llan University and St. Michael's College at University of Toronto, Dr. Dan Bahat talks about his renowned archaeological career.

This unique video series, Conversations with Archaelogists and Researchers, explores the careers and experiences of five individuals associated with with the Royal Ontario Museum.