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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The ancient Mayans practiced Bloodletting - a sacrificial ritual they believed allowed them to communicate with the gods.

Journey through the mysterious land of the ancient Maya at the Royal Ontario Museum in the world premiere of the landmark exhibition, Maya: Secrets of their Ancient World, November 19, 2011 to April 9, 2012.

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Join us for a fun-filled weekend of Medieval dancing, archery, martial arts, fashion, warfare and more at the Royal Ontario Museum. Experience a taste of life in the past at the ROM's Medieval Fall Fair, October 1 to 2, 2011.

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Helen R. Haines is a Research Associate at the Archaeological Research Centre and teaches with the Department of Anthropology at Trent University and the University of Toronto.