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Monthly Archive: December

Engaging our Audiences: Announcing a new addition to the ROM Executive Team

Posted: September 25, 2013 - 16:17 , by Janet Carding

Following an extensive international search, the Museum has hired Dr. Xerxes Mazda as Deputy Director, Engagement.

Weapon Wednesday: a Romano-Egyptian sword hilt

Posted: September 25, 2013 - 08:41 , by Robert Mason
Romano-Egyptian sword hilt number 910.175.328 (ROM Photography)

A look at a cast bronze sword hilt, acquired before 1910 in Cairo by Charles Currelly and presently in the Eaton Gallery of Rome.

Ontario BioBlitz 2013: Report from the Field

Posted: September 19, 2013 - 11:18 , by Dave Ireland
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400 avidly curious citizen-scientists embarked on the 2013 Ontario BioBlitz, held at Rouge Park outside Toronto, on September 14 and 15.

@ROMtoronto does #AskaCurator

Posted: September 18, 2013 - 21:55 , by Ryan Dodge
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Yesterday on Twitter we took part in an international tweet up with 622 museums in 37 countries.

Weapon Wednesday

Posted: September 18, 2013 - 08:30 , by Robert Mason
Sword of Babylonian King Marduk-shapik-zeri, 1081-1069 BC

Weapons are one of the most politically-incorrect subjects there are, associated with brutality and violence. But they are also important, and have often defined the cultures that made them....

Objects and stories from Namibia

Posted: September 17, 2013 - 14:40 , by Silvia Forni
Women and children in the village of Ohungumure

The ROM recently acquired several Himba (from the northwestern Kuenene Region of Namibia) accessories and garments collected by Paul Welhauser, the founder of Nharo!

Restoring a Rebel Pharaoh’s Kingdom: In the field with Prof. Barry Kemp

Posted: September 13, 2013 - 16:08 , by Matthew Church
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Man at work at an archaeological site with desert in background.

Laura Ranieri's experience working with Prof. Barry Kemp CBE of Cambridge University and a small archaeology team as they excavated and partially reconstructed Akhenaten's Great Temple of Aten in Egypt. 

A Pair of 18th Century French Panniers Arrives at the ROM!

Posted: September 13, 2013 - 14:20 , by Susan Charbonneau
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Storage platform for 18th century panniers

Read along as I delve into the process of housing a set of newly acquired 18th century panniers!

Interview: Egyptologist Barry Kemp

Posted: September 11, 2013 - 11:50 , by Matthew Church
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Dr. Kemp at an archaeology site in the desert

Professor Barry Kemp CBE is an esteemed British Egyptologist who has been excavating at Amarna for 35 years. His critically acclaimed book, The City of Akhenaten and Nefertiti, was released in 2012 and is available online and in bookstores. He spoke at the ROM on September 19, 2013. I was lucky enough to spend two weeks at the site of Amarna in February of 2013. During that time, I had the opportunity to interview Prof. Kemp. The following is an edited version of that conversation. All photos copyright Laura Ranieri, 2013.

Amarna Artifacts in the ROM’s Ancient Egypt Collection

Posted: September 11, 2013 - 11:33 , by Matthew Church
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Gallery shot of Eye of the Beholder with collar and relief sculpture in foreground under spotlight, W. Garfield Weston Exhibition Hall

A look at the ROM's massive collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts, specifically those from the Armana collection.