Magazine article ROM Magazine

Where in the World Are They? the Who, What, and Where from Our International Curatorial Team

Magazine article ROM Magazine

Where in the World Are They? the Who, What, and Where from Our International Curatorial Team

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Janet Waddington

ASSISTANT CURATOR

Invertebrate Paleontology

The Late Silurian Eramosa Formation on the Bruce Peninsula, a significant source of building and dimension stone for the construction industry, is also the subject of much scholarly interest for its extraordinarily preserved fossils. Waddington is currently studying fossil scorpions that originated from active quarries or from loads of stone headed for landscaping projects. A new species offers insights into how animals made the transition from water to land.

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Kenneth R. Lister

ASSISTANT CURATOR

Anthropology

Over the past three years, Lister has travelled along the kaministiquia River-Dog Lake fur-trade route in northwestern Ontario, retracing Canadian artist Paul Kane's 1846 journey and searching for sites that Kane sketched during that trip. Of particular note, Lister identified the portage landing depicted in Kane's painting French River Rapids--a landing that had been lost to memory. The discovery has reclaimed the landing's role in Canada's fur-trade history. Test excavations have uncovered artifacts dating to the mid-19th century, and the ROM and Quetico Provincial Park plan a full excavation of the landing site in 2009, the park's centennial year.

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Silvia Forni

ASSOCIATE CURATOR

Anthropology

Silvia Forni is starting a project on the aesthetics of funerary displays and death celebrations in Africa. While celebrations of death, ancestor worship, and associated performances are the purposes for which many of the objects in museum collections were originally conceived, the importance of funerary display is not a thing of the past. …

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