Senior Curator ( Egypt & Nubia)
Area: World Cultures, Ancient Cultures
M.A., Archaeology, University of Warsaw, Poland, 1976
Ph.D., Archaeology, University of Calgary, AB, 1981
Born in Kalisz, Poland, Krzysztof Grzymski studied Mediterranean archaeology at the University of Warsaw and African archaeology at the University of Calgary. Since joining the ROM in 1984 his activities have encompassed three different streams: field archaeology, museum curatorship and university teaching. Krzysztof's field projects are carried out in Egypt and in Sudanese Nubia. Of special note is the rescue excavation of the Graeco-Roman town Pelusium (Tell el-Farama) in response to the appeal of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities. Krzysztof co-directed the joint Canadian-Egyptian project with J. Anderson and M. Abd el-Maksoud. Carried out over two field campaigns in 1993 and 1994, the project explored the domestic and industrial remains of this important port of Greco-Roman Egypt. Since 1999 Grzymski has co-directed the excavations at the site of Meroe, the capital city of the ancient Kingdom of Kush (modern Sudan). This is a joint project with the University of Khartoum
His curatorial activities include developing the Egyptian and Nubian galleries, opened in 1992, and curating special exhibitions such as the Gold of Meroe (1994), Egyptian Art in the Age of the Pyramids (2000), Eternal Egypt: Masterworks of Ancient Art from The British Museum (2004), Egyptian Book of the Dead (2009) and Fryderyk Chopin and the Romantic Piano (2010). As a teacher, Krzysztof is particularly proud of offering courses in Egyptian and Nubian archaeology and culture at the University of Toronto and supervising the successful completion of several doctoral dissertations.
Between 1992 – 1993 Grzymski served as President of the ROM Curatorial Association and from 2004 to 2011 he was the ROM’s Vice-President, World Cultures. He is also past Vice-President of the Canadian Institute in Egypt