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

Category: Blog Post
The main monastery buildings at Deir Mar Musa, Syria, from the South., the same view as the reconstructions in the blog.

The monastery of Deir Mar Musa in its heyday included hermitages spread around the landscape, but as today, the focus of the complex would have been the buildings, especially the chapel, home to the important frescos. The archaeology of standing buildings requires looking at walls to see how they are made, and how they relate to each other. One structure may clearly be seen as one that came first, with later structures abutting on to it.

Category: Exhibition
The Minoan goddess in her display case


Eaton Gallery of Rome, Level 3

Category: Event
Mummy of lady Djedmaatesankh.
Myth Busters
True or False - Bats suck blood. Fact or Fiction - All ancient Egyptian mummies are cursed. Today we'll explore the real stories behind many of the museum's most misunderstood cultural and natural objects. Warning - sometimes truth is stranger than fiction!
Taught by Bethany Kempster