Lauren Tomanelli

About Lauren Tomanelli

I am a PhD student in the Mediterranean Archaeology program. I received a BA in Anthropology from George Mason University, an MA in Museum Studies from George Washington University, and an MA in Classics from Columbia University. My areas of interest are Etruscan archaeology, the manipulation of memory to create national identity, and political propaganda during the transition from Roman republic to empire. Museum work is my passion, and I have spent the last several years working as the Project Manager of an exhibition development team. I have also worked as a Curatorial Assistant at the American Numismatic Society, where I helped publish the digital databases Online Coins of the Roman Empire and Hellenistic Royal Coinages. 

In my free time I enjoy hiking, collecting prints and engravings, and attempting to craft the perfect cheese plate.

Research Interests

Roman archaeology, Etruscan archaeology, identity, creation of origin myth, ancient memory.