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“Toronto Underfoot” Underway at the ROM!

Dr. Williamson was invited to share his thoughts on Toronto’s archaeological past for the ROM’s new exhibit “Toronto Underfoot”, opening on October 11th, 2014. We spent the afternoon in the depths of the museum’s North American collections while a film crew rolled on…


The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is getting ready to launch a new exhibit called Toronto Underfoot and we are really excited here at ASI!

Under the direction of the ROM’s New World Archaeology Technician, April Hawkins, the exhibit is designed around eight pre-contact objects found in the City of Toronto. The one-year exhibit will place a spotlight on Toronto’s rich past and will also include digital components, including video discussions with Aboriginal spokespersons in the City. ASI’s Managing Partner, Dr. Ron Williamson, was also asked to come in to film some scenes for the new exhibit.

We had a great time filming in the depths of the museum, where the North American collections are held. We also had another chance to see the eight featured objects up close.

April and Ron discussing where the artifacts were found under video lighting (with artifacts in the foreground) while the ROM's AV film crew documents the interaction.

April and Ron discussing where the artifacts were found under video lighting (with artifacts in the foreground) while the ROM’s AV film crew documents the interaction.

April and Ron examine historic maps showing artifact distribution in the city of Toronto.

April and Ron examine historic maps showing artifact distribution in the city of Toronto.

April and Ron examine the many birdstone objects from the ROM's impressive collection.

April and Ron examine the many birdstone objects from the ROM’s impressive collection.

The exhibit will open to the public on Saturday, October 11th in the Daphne Cockwell Gallery of Canada: First Peoples. Admission to the temporary display is included with regular admission.


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