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From the Field: The Tell Madaba Archaeological Project…Crusader castles, ancient cities, and desert valleys!

Posted: July 9, 2011 - 13:08 , by admin

By Daniel Kwan, Gallery Facillitator and Volunteer

From the Field: The Tell Madaba Archaeological Project…progress!

Posted: July 4, 2011 - 09:04 , by admin

By Daniel Kwan, Gallery Facillitator and Volunteer

After their first weekend off, the students have returned recharged and ready to dig! Despite the many bruises and sores that I sustained from my hiking trips, I felt more motivated than ever! Due to the progress that we had made in the previous week, precautions had to be made to ensure that the students (and myself) could enter our excavation safely. We have a fantastic group of local Jordanian workers who assist us, many of them have worked with with me during my previous excavation last summer.

From the Field: The Tell Madaba Archaeological Project… Weekend Off!

Posted: July 2, 2011 - 20:00 , by admin

By Daniel Kwan, Gallery Facilitator and Volunteer

The Mammals Strike Back!

Posted: June 30, 2011 - 13:47 , by admin

After our recent post about mouse-eating frogs, Burton Lim of the mammalogy department, one of the ROM’s bat experts, decided to fight back for the mammals. Behold Trachops cirrhosus, the frog-eating bat!

From the Field: The Tell Madaba Archaeological Project… Week 2

Posted: June 27, 2011 - 12:17 , by admin

By Daniel Kwan, Gallery Facilitator and Volunteer

ROMWalks: Coming soon to a neighbourhood near you!

Posted: June 24, 2011 - 17:06 , by admin
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Every time you turn a corner in Toronto, you discover another venerable stone building resplendent with arches, turrets, gables, or statues perched in a niche. Some are nestled between the encroaching skyscrapers of the banking district, others sit proudly on their original estate. The heritage houses, churches, government and university buildings, even the industrial areas, are still brimming with rich history – all have fascinating stories to tell of life in Toronto’s past.

From the Field: The Tell Madaba Archaeological Project…Week 1

Posted: June 23, 2011 - 08:56 , by admin

By Daniel Kwan, Gallery Facillitator and Volunteer

At the precise moment that this blog posts is being written, I am sitting in the comfort of the locally run Ayola Cafe in the city of Madaba, Jordan. You’re probably wondering why I am writing this blog post from Jordan. The answer is simple, I’m an archaeologist!

Two thumbs up to outstanding documentaries!

Posted: June 17, 2011 - 14:30 , by admin

Can’t make it to the ROM? Make some popcorn, pick up one of these award-winning documentaries related to our current exhibitions and upcoming programs, and have a movie date with the ROM in your own livingroom!

Touched by Water, a documentary by Tamás Wormser, examines bathing rituals and our relationship with water worldwide. It was screened at the ROM this week as part of the day-long Sacred Waters Forum.

How do you hang a floor on the wall?

Posted: June 16, 2011 - 13:04 , by admin

Today, we’re excited to present a sneak peek of the installation of the mosaic floor panels in the ROM’s new Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Byzantium, opening July 1, 2011.

Floor mosaic being mounted to the wall

Hungry Like the Frog

Posted: June 14, 2011 - 15:13 , by admin
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Deep in the darkest depths of the ROM’s herpetology department lives a miniature but fearsome predator: the Pacman frog. Yes, you read that correctly: the Pacman frog, or Ceratophrys ornata to those who study him and his voracious ways.

His name is Gracie, and he’s 17 years old (not bad for an amphibian!). To give you an idea of the small size and large appetite of this capable predator, we snapped some shots of him having lunch.