October 2013

Monthly Archive: October 2013

International Archaeology Day at the ROM!

Posted: October 28, 2013 - 07:27 , by Rae Ostman
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Projectile point

ROM experts were joined by archaeologists from all over the GTA to celebrate new discoveries and ongoing projects at International Archaeology 2013.

Weapon Wednesday: Frankish "Seax" swords

Posted: October 23, 2013 - 15:28 , by Robert Mason
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In the 3rd century of the current era the term "Frank" was used by Romans and others to describe a group of Germanic tribes living in the Rhine valley. In the 4th century Franks settled within territory ruled by the Romans and were a recognised kingdom. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire the Frankish kingdom under their Merovingian kings spread over all of France (which to this day is named after this confederation of Germans).

The Children's Miracle Network at The ROM!

Posted: October 21, 2013 - 16:00 , by Media Intern
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Making fossil molds

Twelve children and their families were welcomed at the ROM for an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience.

ScopifyROM: Shine on You Crazy Diamond

Posted: October 16, 2013 - 09:10 , by Katherine Dunnell
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View of broach glowing under UV light.

Gems, and most especially diamonds, appeal to virtually everyone. So when I was asked to select an object from the Mineralogy department for the ScopifyROM project, I chose a diamond brooch made by the renowned Italian jewellery house Bulgari. What more is there to love about diamonds other than their intense beauty, which is after all skin deep? Well, as ScopifyROM demonstrates, beneath the “wow” factor of this stunning piece lies a multitude of treasures to discover about diamonds. 

Doodle 4 Google contest announcement

Posted: October 15, 2013 - 16:39 , by David McKay
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Doodle 4 Google logo

Google Canada announced on Friday October 11, that they're launching Canada’s first Doodle 4 Google contest for kids. Chris O'Neill, Managing Director Google Canada even posted a blog about this on the Official Google Canada Blog site. Winners will be announced here at the ROM in February, 2014, and the finalists' drawings will even be on display in one of the ROM’s galleries for visitors to see.

Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors - Exhibition Announcement Event

Posted: October 9, 2013 - 19:02 , by David McKay
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Media scrum at the announcement event

On Wednesday October 9, 2013, it was announced that the exhibition The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors, in partnership with Beijing’s Palace Museum, will open at the ROM on March 8, 2014. The legendary Forbidden City, once home to China’s imperial rulers, is now the Palace Museum, and located in the heart of Beijing. The palatial city, containing about 980 buildings, is home to over 5,000 years of traditional Chinese art and artifacts.

Weapon Wednesday: the "djanbīyya" dagger

Posted: October 9, 2013 - 08:43 , by Robert Mason
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Janbīyah from Mughal India (2004x5.151)

The Middle Eastern two-edged curved dagger is one of the most recognizable weapon forms. Typically it is known by the Arab term djanbīyya sometimes Anglicised as "jambiya", or also often the Arabic term khandjar, but these curved daggers are found across the Middle East.

New Scopify ROM App Let’s You See Secrets

Posted: October 8, 2013 - 10:30 , by Ryan Dodge
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Kris Abel reviews the new Scopify ROM app

A review of the new Scopify ROM app by Kris Abel (@realkrisabel)

Gone Fish'n at Ontario BioBlitz 2013

Posted: October 7, 2013 - 11:55 , by Mary Burridge
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Brook Silverside - A small silver fish in weedy water

By Mary Burridge, Assistant Curator of Ichthyology

Ben & Bruno’s Excellent Trilobite Adventure

Posted: October 4, 2013 - 12:28 , by David Rudkin
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Ben and Bruno pose with their parents and the trilobite fossil they discovered.

By Dave Rudkin, Assistant Curator – Invertebrate Paleontology