Colin Omilanowski

PhD Student

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Colin earned his BA in Classics and History from The College of Wooster ('16). He attended the Post Baccalaureate Program in Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania (‘18). He completed his MA in Classics with a focus on classical archaeology at the University of Arizona ('22). Currently, he is pursuing his PhD student in the Mediterranean Archaeology program.

Colin has participated in excavations at various sites across the Roman and Greek world. He supervised Roman imperial to late antique trenches at the Halmyris Archaeological Field School in Romania, the Roman Fish-Salting Production Center in Troia, Portugal, and the Horrea Agrippiana Project in the Roman Forum, Italy. He is a member of the Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project in Greece, and will be joining the Falerii Novi Project in Italy during the summer of 2024.

He serves as a staff member at the Archaeological Mapping Lab, contributing to projects such as the Corinth Computer Project, Digital Augustan Rome, the Mt. Lykaion Project, and the Parrhasian Heritage Park.

His scholarly interests include Roman urbanism, social memory and landscape theory, social networks, early Christianity, sacred architecture, digital applications in archaeology, and Classical reception. Currently, he is working on studying for his drone pilot’s license and plans to take a course in managing LiDAR data in ArcGIS Pro.

He has worked as a teaching assistant for classes in Anthropology and Classics and Religious Studies including world archaeology, ancient empires, classical mythology, and introduction to the Bible: the New Testament.

He is a member of the local AIA (Archaeological Institute of America) board in Tucson, Arizona. 

When not studying antiquity, Colin tears up the dance floor by teaching and practicing various styles of swing dancing (Lindy Hop, Charleston, East Coast Swing) and country swing. He misses Lake Erie and enjoys evening baseball games.


Recently Presented Papers

2023       The Monument of Agrippa: Social Memory and Victory in Augustan Athens, Graduate Student Colloquium, Department of Religious Studies and Classics, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, April 7th.

2023       Forgetting the Republican Forum: Social Memory and Landscape Transformation in the Roman Forum from the 1st c. B.C.E. – 1st c. C.E, 124th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, New Orleans, LA, January 5-8th.

2022       Normative Mithraism at the London Mithraeum, 118th Annual Meeting of CAMWS, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, March 23-26th.