How Roman Britain and Ur came to Ontario


Welcome to the virtual exhibit for 

The Lost Collections 

of the Ancient World 

This is the story of a collection of artefacts from Mesopotamia and Roman Britain, which were re-discovered buried deep in the Museum of Ontario Archaeology's collections storage in January 2011. 

A lucky set of circumstances led the Museum's education co-ordinator, Katie Urban, and archaeologist, Paige Glenen, both of whom have backgrounds in Greek, Roman and Near Eastern archaeology, to uncover these ancient treasures. 

The big question - how did they come to be in Ontario, Canada?

Please note: Today artefacts, such as these, should never be removed from their countries of origin; for more information reference the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property

Terra Sigilata c. 200 CE

Roman Terra Sigillata c. 200 CE

Ubaid period pottery c. 5900-4000 B.C.E.


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