Darian Totten


Ph.D., M.A. Stanford University
B.A. University of Chicago


My research interests include the ancient economy, Roman farming, villas, Mediterranean studies, and the transition from Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages.

In my dissertation, Thinking Regionally: Rural landscapes and economic connections in Roman southern Italy, I investigated the intersection of local and larger-scale economic activity in the rural contexts of this region from the 1st-6th centuries C.E., employing archaeological, epigraphic, and literary evidence.

In addition to my dissertation work, I'm also researching the contemporary uses of Etruscan heritage in Italy on the national, European, and international stage as a way to think about how identities and places are made in an increasingly global world.

I've participated in excavations in Rome (including the Roman Forum: post-Aedem Castoris project), Lemnos, central Italy, and at the villa sites of Villa Magna (Lazio) and Faragola (Puglia). At these villas, I've engaged my interests in both Roman archaeology and the archaeology of early medieval world.