DARIUS ARYA LIVES ANCIENT HISTORY EVERY DAY

A Ph.D. archaeologist and historian, Darius Arya has led excavations (Rome, Ostia Antica) and taught university programs in Italy for over 17 years. He’s a Fulbright scholar, fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and guest scholar of Getty Conservation Institute. He directs the American Institute for Roman Culture and its online learning platform Ancient Rome Live.

Darius has rappelled down caverns, explored underground churches, wells and lost temples. He’s crawled through some of the world’s oldest ancient sewers in his quest for history, discovery, and answering questions about the past.

He’s appeared as an expert or tv host for 15 years on History, National Geographic, Discovery. Smithsonian, PBS, Italy’s Rai5, and more. He’s also regularly featured as an expert on BBC4 Radio, CBS Sunday Morning, and CNN. Darius is one of the few American Ph.D. archaeology experts on TV today, creating consistently accessible, engaging conversations, matched by his daily social media work on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube.

Darius works with international organizations such as Getty Museum, Getty Conservation Institute, Italian superintendencies and museums, Italian Ministry of Culture, Museum Week, ICOMOS, and a number of corporate brands.

DARIUS ARYA LIVES ANCIENT HISTORY EVERY DAY

A Ph.D. archaeologist and historian, Darius Arya has led excavations (Rome, Ostia Antica) and taught university programs in Italy for over 17 years. He’s a Fulbright scholar, fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and guest scholar of Getty Conservation Institute. He directs the American Institute for Roman Culture and its online learning platform Ancient Rome Live.

Darius has rappelled down caverns, explored underground churches, wells and lost temples. He’s crawled through some of the world’s oldest ancient sewers in his quest for history, discovery, and answering questions about the past.

 He’s appeared as an expert or tv host for 15 years on History, National Geographic, Discovery. Smithsonian, PBS, Italy’s Rai5, and more. He’s also regularly featured as an expert on BBC4 Radio, CBS Sunday Morning, and CNN. Darius is one of the few American Ph.D. archaeology experts on TV today, creating consistently accessible, engaging conversations, matched by his daily social media work on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube.

Darius works with international organizations such as Getty Museum, Getty Conservation Institute, Italian superintendencies and museums, Italian Ministry of Culture, Museum Week, ICOMOS, and a number of corporate brands.

‘Tomb raiders’: The pandemic is making it easier than ever to loot ancient Roman treasures

Published 5th June 2021
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Darius Arya, an archeologist and director of the education platform Ancient Rome Live, has seen his own dig sites looted, but he doesn’t put all the blame on tomb raiders.

It’s time for museums to return their stolen treasures

“There are a lot of culprits,” he said. “It’s going to be the tombaroli, the buyer from the tombaroli, and then every single step up to the person who has the freeport (secretive tax-free storage facility) that’s holding these artifacts before they are finally sold to an auction house or private buyer.

“All these people are participating. If they know what the tomboroli are doing… they’re all guilty.”

Arya said artifacts are often kept in warehouses for up to a decade before they reach the black market in order to skirt Italy’s tight statutes of limitations that often allow illicit traffickers to escape justice. When new regulations are put in place — such as 1995’s UNIDROIT Convention, for example — they only apply to art that is illegally exported art after that date, which gives traffickers loopholes.