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Mesopotamia exhibit brings exclusive artifacts to the ROM

The original Royal Ontario Museum and the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal are shown in an undated file photo. HANDOUT/Tourism Toronto/Doug Brown.

Never-before-seen artifacts from the birthplace of urban civilization will be showcased in Toronto over the next six months as part of the Royal Ontario Museum’s newest exhibit Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World

The exhibit – which opens Saturday and runs until January – explores the more than 3,000 years of accomplishments by the Mesopotamian civilization, such as the invention of writing and urban planning, the advancement of literature and art, and scientific discoveries.

The Mesopotamians also invented beer.

“Many things that we rely on in our daily lives originated in ancient Mesopotamia. Visitors will be surprised to learn just how much we owe to the Sumerians, Babylonians, and Assyrians,” Dr. Clemens Reichel, a specialist in Mesopotamian archaeology and the curator of Mesopotamia ROM exhibits, said in a press release.

This exhibit showcases artifacts including jewelry, sculptures, and wall reliefs. It also incorporates an interactive element, including touchable reproductions, and a 3-D fly-through of Babylon and the city-state’s famed landmarks.

Joining the ROM’s artifacts for the exhibit are items from the British Museum, the University of Chicago Oriental Institute Museum, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Mesopotamia is the area that spans present-day Iraq, north-east Syria, and south-east Turkey. Historians believe urban civilization originated in the area, as that is where the first cities were created.

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