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Monthly Archive: December

Weapon Wednesday: The Nugent Marathon Corinthian Helmet

Posted: February 19, 2014 - 11:34 , by Robert Mason
Through a warrior's eyes: detail of the Nugent Marathon helmet  (ROM no.926.19.3 - photo Kay Sunahara)

An account of an ancient Greek helmet excavated by George Nugent-Grenville, 2nd Baron Nugent of Carlanstown, on the Plain of Marathon in 1834.

Hands On Family Day Weekend

Posted: February 15, 2014 - 07:58 , by Amanda Girgis
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A selection of touchable objects.

Enhance your visit this Family Day weekend at the interactive touch tables on Level 2

10 Birds You'll Love More Than Flappy Bird

Posted: February 14, 2014 - 09:07 , by Amanda Girgis
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FlappyBird

10 birds in the ROM's collection you'll love more than Flappy Bird.

ROM ‘Minoan’ Goddess Hangout: battling with technology!

Posted: February 12, 2014 - 17:19 , by Kate Cooper

Dr. Kenneth Lapatin, an expert in ancient ivory and gold statues, talks about the ROM's ‘Minoan’ goddess in a Google+ Hangout. His research and publications about the suspect Minoan ivory figurines prompted the ROM to reconsider the display of their own ‘icon’. 

Weapon Wednesday: The Indian Katar, a Necessary Dress Accessory

Posted: February 12, 2014 - 15:45 , by Robert Mason
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In South Asia during the 16th to early 20th centuries all fashionable young men when visiting their ladies would want to dress at their best. This would include one very necessary dress acessory: the katar. This uniquely South Asian dagger is thought to have developed in the very southern part of what is now India. In the 17th century the type was adopted across South Asia, and became a standard dress accessory in the Mughal courts.

 

Mighty Burgess Shale fossil site discovered in Kootenay National Park

Posted: February 11, 2014 - 07:35 , by Jean-Bernard Caron
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A new fossil arthropod from Marble Canyon (Kootenay National Park)

Today we are proud to report the extraordinary discovery of a new fossil deposit in Kootenay National Park.

Forbidden City Preparations

Posted: February 6, 2014 - 15:26 , by Brian Boyle
View of construction in gallery

A sneak peek of the preparations and installation process of The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors!

When Objects Guide Our Pedagogy: An Introduction to Experiential Learning

Posted: January 30, 2014 - 14:31 , by Amanda Girgis

Experiential learning is a teaching method that allows learners to explore and examine objects that illustrate larger concepts.

Weapon Wednesday: The Horse

Posted: January 29, 2014 - 14:42 , by Robert Mason
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Frieze from the tomb of Zuo Biao, sandstone 110cm long, dated by inscription to 150 AD, Eastern Han dynasty, Mamaozhuang village, China, # 925.25.22.N

The horse is not just a form of transportation, but is a weapon in itself. The genus Equus is thought to have evolved over 4 million years ago in North America, specialising in being able to eat the grass of the steppelands and run away from predators. North American horses later became extinct, possibly due to hunting by humans, although various species of horse, asses and zebras thrived in the Old World.

Forbidden City Crates Arrive

Posted: January 28, 2014 - 08:59 , by Brian Boyle
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Photo of crates

All the wonderful artifcats from the ROM’s upcoming blockbuster exhibition, The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors, have finally arrived from Beijing's Palace Museum!