Archaeologist, pro­fes­sor, doc­u­men­tary host, Dar­ius Arya is just as com­fort­able in front of the prover­bial black board as he is in front of the cam­era and in the trenches.  He has appeared as guest lec­turer, expert and host in numer­ous doc­u­men­taries  for Dis­cov­ery, His­tory and National Geo­graphic chan­nels, and has been cited in arti­cles in CNN, Time, The Guardian and BBC.  This summer he appeared inBarbarians Rising on the History Channel.  Currently, amidst his international travel, most recently Japan and Athens (featured in the Guardian Travel on Instagram), Darius is the host of Under Italy on Rai5 (Italy’s national culture channel), with episodes available online.

WORK: Since 2002, Dar­ius is the exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Amer­i­can Insti­tute for Roman Cul­ture, leading programs and projects, including a summer field school excavation.  On April 21, 2015, he launched Ancient Rome Live, a blended learning online platform with videos and live streaming.

EDUCATION: A grad­u­ate from the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia and Phillips Exeter Acad­emy, Dar­ius received his MA and PhD from Uni­ver­sity of Texas, Austin. He is a Ful­bright Scholar and Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Rome fel­low FAAR’00. Dar­ius lives in Rome.  A more detailed bio can be found on LinkedIn. For more infor­ma­tion regard­ing doc­u­men­taries, please con­tact


In 2017: Travel and Leisure Facebook takeovers, GuardianTravelSnaps on Instagram, Olloclip and Insta360, Tomsmarte. 


University of Texas, El Paso, March 24, 2017, El, Paso, TX

Ohio Classical League, October 7-8, 2016, Columbus, Ohio

TedX Matera speaker “Brand New” September 2016

May 5, 2015: Crowdfunding for cultural heritage (in Italian), ProDoc/ ICCROM sponsored conference, Rome, Italy

April 24, 2015, “Engineering ancient Rome: A city of tuff, concrete, and marbles, and how to preserve it,” International Stone Conservation Course, hosted by Getty Conservation Institute and ICCROM, Rome, Italy

February 3, 2015, “Excavating Ostia Antica and preserving Italy’s cultural heritage,” at Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH

April 29, 2014 Marshall University, Huntington, WV “How can we tell stories successfully about history through social and digital media?”

April 10, 2014, ROME Host, organizer

“Conversation for Conservation workshop” with ICCROM (

NOVEMBER 1, 2013 NEW YORK:  Fordham University, New York. The Monuments, Social Media, The Law and Cultural Heritage”

OCTOBER 11-12, 2013 ROME:  Università degli Studi, Roma Tre. “International Conference on Sustainable Cultural Heritage Management”

June 9, 2013, ROME “Biologia e Beni Culturali – Conservazione e valorizzazione del patrimonio storico-artistico e culturale”

SEPTEMBER 26, 2013 ROME: WorkingCapital Accelerator. “Shoot&Share, l’incontro di photosharing con esperti del settore.”

Unlisted 2013, Rome, Italy. April 18, 2013 Conversation for Conservation”.

American Women’s Association of Rome AWAR, Rome, Italy. February 25, 2013 “Preserving cultural heritage in a digital world, effective outreach and action.”

Cal­i­for­nia State Uni­ver­sity, Sacra­mento, Novem­ber 14, 2012 “Ancient Greek archi­tec­tural and arti­san tra­di­tion in a Roman real­ity” 

Cal­i­for­nia State Uni­ver­sity, Fresno, Novem­ber 14, 2012 “Rome then and now; the Eter­nal City’s cul­tural her­itage legacy in the 21st cen­tury”

Uni­ver­sity of Mass­a­chu­setts, Amherst, May 2012 “Old Stones and New Media: Lever­ag­ing the Roles of Video and Social Media to Engage and Involve Stu­dents, Pro­fes­sion­als, and the Pub­lic at Large in Cul­tural Her­itage and Archae­ol­ogy

Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity, Palo Alto, California. Jan­u­ary 9, 2012 Old Stones-New Media: Leveraging video and social media for cultural heritage sustainability.

Since 2011, founder and keynote speaker of the annual UNLISTED Con­fer­ence series, monitoring a round-table discussion on cultural heritage, held in Rome. For more on the past conferences, visit WEDIGROME.