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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This short documentary tells the story of Nubia and the civilization that flourished in the Nile Valley for thousands of years and particularly between 800 BC and 400 AD. The Galleries of Africa: Nubia at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto allow visitors to explore an exxtraordiary ancient legacy that stretched from Aswan in Egypt to Khartoum in Sudan through the lens of both ancient artifacts and ongoing, current ROM archaeological research.

Galleries of Africa: Nubia

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Christopher Smith, Director of the British School at Rome, describes the diversity of colleges that are responsible for ancient Rome's religious law. Learn more about life in ancient Rome, in the Eaton Gallery of Rome.

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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.