ROM Ancient Cultures

ROM Ancient Cultures explores the civilizations of the past and their relevance today. From early human ancestors in China to the technological innovations of Mesopotamia to the global economy of ancient Rome, ancient cultures help us understand the diversity of human experience.

ROM archaeologists excavate around the world. Back at the museum, our staff analyze and conserve the ROM’s artifact collections. And our broader community of archaeology enthusiasts and experts share insight and data from around the world.

How can information about past cultures help us understand our present world and plan for the future? Get involved with the centre, and be part of the conversation!

There are many ways to participate in ROM Ancient Cultures, from gallery visits to public programs to research conferences. Explore the artifacts in our galleries, talk to our curators, examine real artifacts, make crafts using traditional techniques, or join a debate on current topics in archaeology.

ROM Staff

Dr. Clemens Reichel

Associate Curator

Dr. Wen Chen Cheng

Curator (Louise Hawley Stone Chair of Far Eastern Art)

Kay Sunahara in collections storage at the ROM

Greek, Etruscan, Roman & Byzantine Collections Technician

Research Projects

Roberta Shaw, Theban Tomb #89 Epigraphic Project
Theban Tomb #89 was built by Amenmose who served King Amenhotep III (
Exploring the Letti Basin
Daily life in a medieval Nubian town and cultural ecology of the
Excavating the Longyadong cave site in 1997
Lower Palaeolithic settlement of the Middle Pleistocene
Ceramics recovered in an intact tomb at Collota. The ceramics mix local and Wari styles.
The impact of the Wari (AD 600 - 1000) and Inca (AD 1430 - 1532)
Hollow-brick Han tomb reconstruction, Gallery of Chinese Architecture.
During the Han Dynasty, stone and brick tombs of the wealthy were sub
Dr. Chen Shen – Nihewan project - Xichangling Excavation, China, 1998 - 2000
The Early Pleistocene hominid occupations in East Asia (1.8 – 1