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Monthly Archive: December

Weapon Wednesday: Two daggers from Luristan, Iran

Posted: December 4, 2013 - 12:14 , by Robert Mason
ROM #938.35, the dagger of Marduk-shapik-zeri, 43.6 cm long (ROM Photography)

In museum circles the region of Luristan in the Zagros Mountains has a long association with the antiquities looted from tombs there in the 1920's and 30's. These objects seem to be primarily from the Early Iron Age (circa 1000 BC - 750 BC), and comprise an array of distinctive objects that include horse bridles and other equipment; fittings possibly associated with chariots; and an array of weapons, primarily of bronze.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Posted: December 3, 2013 - 14:45 , by Janet Carding

The ROM marks the United Nation’s annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd.

Decked Out for the Holidays

Posted: November 28, 2013 - 15:10 , by admin
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Picture of the "Winter Tree" at night.

A beautiful winter tree, with LED light-displays, was set-up by the Bloor-Yorkville BIA's Holiday Magic initiative outside the ROM's entrance.

Wildlife Photography: When Science Meets Art

Posted: November 15, 2013 - 16:03 , by Aaron Phillips
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A small, spotted tree frog rests on the zoom lense of camera.

PhD Candidate and ROM Biodiversity researcher Pedro Bernardo shares his feelings about wildlife photography.

Weapon Wednesday: The Burmese Dha

Posted: November 13, 2013 - 11:35 , by Robert Mason
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Burmese dha

Across South East and South Asia the traditional weapons often bear close affinities to the tools of the region...

Keaton Smith's ROM Inspiration

Posted: November 12, 2013 - 11:44 , by Media Intern
Keaton Smith at the ROM © Deborah Smith

This is a guest blog post by Keaton Smith, published by Jesika Arseneau...

Wildlife photography, Species at Risk in Ontario and what YOU can do to help

Posted: November 11, 2013 - 14:59 , by Brennan Caverhill
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Images of assorted species at risk from Ontario, including a Barn owl, a Monarch butterfly, a Lake Sturgeon, and a Fowler's toad.

The ROM partners with many organizations and individuals to promote awareness about, and to conserve, species at risk in Ontario.

Exposing the ROM ‘Minoan’ Goddess

Posted: November 6, 2013 - 13:01 , by Kate Cooper
X-ray image of the ROM goddess (still 'fully' dressed)

I’m very excited to announce that a short video about the ‘Minoan’ Ivory Goddess has just gone live!

 

International Archaeology Day at the ROM!

Posted: October 28, 2013 - 07:27 , by Rae Ostman
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).