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Archaeological Analysis: Pieces of the Past

Archaeological Analysis: Pieces of the Past

  Historic Archaeology is the study of people who lived during the past 200 years or so by looking at the artifacts they left behind. An artifact is anything made or used by people. An artifact can be anything from a 10,000 year old stone tool, to the pop can you recycled after yesterday's

Layer Profile- Munsell Site (A Fictional Historic Excavation)

The Munsell site is a fictional historic site created by the ROM, and located in Toronto. Let's assume the original Munsell home is still standing. Historic research from primary sources, (records written when the Munsell family were still living on the site) show that the house was built in

Layer One- Sod and topsoil layer

Pharmaceutical or medicine bottles were common in the 19th and 20th centuries until it was no longer legal to sell "medicines" without a licence. People, especially women due to the large number of "medicines" devoted to relieving "female problems," were becoming

Layer Three- Mixed occupation and fill layer

Here is what was found in layer 3-  a piece of flow blue, transferware ceramic, which dates from around the mid 1830s.  Transferware was less expensive than imported, hand painted Chinese porcelain, and the affordability of flow blue items were attractive for many Victorian middle class families.

Layer Four- Fill from the top part of the privy, thrown into level off the hole

Here is what was found in layer 4- a crown cap closures on soda pop bottles, which dates from after 1892 in the US.  This means that the date for Canada would be slightly later, because it would take some time for the technology to travel north to Canada. Although not as popular now as they were

Layer Five- The privy pit

A Canadian coin stamped with the date 1890, the year it was made was uncovered in layer 5.     Pieces of wheatsheaf moulded ware were also found in layer 5.  The maker's mark on the bottom of one of the sherds reads "J. and G. Meakin".  In the 19th century J. & G. Meakin

La Mésopotamie

La Mésopotamie

À l’affiche dès le 22 juin Hall d’exposition Weston, Cristal Michael Lee-Chin, niveau 2B Première nord-américaine Grâce à plus de 170 objets inestimables provenant des extraordinaires collections du British Museum, nous explorerons trois millénaires de civilisation mésopotamienne et

Archaeology Weekend is here!

Here’s  THREE reasons to come out to the ROM  this weekend (April 13/14) for Archaeology Weekend! 1. Meet your Museum Heroes.  ROM curators and experts will be on the floor throughout the weekend to talk to you about ALL things archaeology! Meet the curators behind some of your

Museum Archives

Contact Tel: 416.586.5595 Fax: 416.586.5519 E-mail: library@rom.on.ca Hours and Access Monday- Friday, 10 am- 5 pm. Closed on weekends and holidays. The Museum Archives is located inside the Main Library on Level 1 (main floor) of the Museum; access is through the ROM's main Michael Lee Chin