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Ceramic Petrology Laboratory

Ceramic Petrology Laboratory

A core part of the archaeological science research at the ROM is the Ceramic Petrology Laboratory. Petrology or Petrographic analysis is a technique developed in the earth-sciences for observation of rocks and minerals. It involves creating a "thin-section" of the material being studied,

Veronika Gervers: Research Fellowship in Textiles & Fashion History

Veronika Gervers: Research Fellowship in Textiles & Fashion History

Veronika Gervers Research Fellowship, supported by a memorial fund established in 1979 to commemorate ROM curator and textile scholar, Veronika Gervers,  exists to promote research incorporating the textile and fashion collections of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).  Applications are encouraged

James Menzies Chinese Research Fellowship

James Menzies Chinese Research Fellowship

The James Menzies Chinese Research Fellowship was established in 2009 to promote scholarly research as it relates to the Royal Ontario Museum's Chinese collection, with particular emphasis on the ROM's Menzies collection. The Fellowship is open to Ph.D. candidates, both junior and senior

The First Brush: Paul Kane and Infrared Photography

The First Brush: Paul Kane and Infrared Photography

In October 1848, painter Paul Kane returned to Toronto from an extraordinary 29-month journey along the fur-trade routes all the way to Fort Victoria on the Pacific Ocean and back again.  This followed a previous eight-month journey in 1845, when he travelled through the regions of Lake Huron and

ROM 'Minoan' Ivory Goddess

ROM 'Minoan' Ivory Goddess

This exquisite ivory and gold figurine (museum registration number 931.21.1) has been an icon of the ROM collection since she was acquired in 1931, but she has also attracted huge controversy.  When she was bought by the ROM, she was believed to be a rare example of a female bull-leaper from

Portable Bits of Divine Energy

Portable Bits of Divine Energy

Pilgrim tokens or “portable bits of divine energy” were made from the sanctified earth found at pilgrimage sites and stamped with sacred images. They were valued for their power to avert evil and cure an ailment when consumed or when mashed with a liquid and applied to an afflicted area of the

The Handweaving Arts of Madagascar

The Handweaving Arts of Madagascar

This ongoing research project aims to document in detail the vibrant handweaving and dress traditions of Madagascar, a large island lying off the east coast of Africa. Historically one of the region's major weaving centres, Madagascar is home to a wide range of fibres, dyes and costume

The ROM helps solve an age-old Martian mystery

The ROM helps solve an age-old Martian mystery

In a major discovery released in late July in the respected scientific journal Nature, a team including Royal Ontario Museum curator of mineralogy Dr. Kim Tait has provided the conclusive answer to a longstanding debate about the age of Martian meteorites. The research has determined that at least

Le ROM aide à résoudre un des mystères de Mars

Le ROM aide à résoudre un des mystères de Mars

Comme on peut le lire dans le numéro de la fin juillet de la revue scientifique de renom Nature, une équipe dirigée par Kim Tait, conservatrice de minéralogie du Musée royal de l’Ontario, a conclu de façon définitive le débat qui divise les experts depuis longtemps: l’âge des

In Living Colour: the ROM’s unique collection of textiles from Madagascar

In Living Colour: the ROM’s unique collection of textiles from Madagascar

The ROM is home to over 50,000 textiles and costumes. Fifty-four of these come from the African island of Madagascar. That number may sound small, but it represents the second largest collection of Malagasy textiles in North America. And among them are some of the most intriguing and admirable

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