Classics Department
Angela Commito

Angela Commito

Job Title
Senior Lecturer in Classical Archaeology

Research interests

Archaeology of the countryside, archaeological field survey, environmental archaeology, urban biography, social resilience, nostalgia.

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Her course offerings have included Greek archaeology, Roman archaeology, archaeological methods, the environmental history of the ancient Mediterranean, ancient engineering, classical mythology, Petronius, and social collapse.


She has carried out archaeological fieldwork in Italy, Turkey, and the Republic of Georgia, and currently serves as Associate Director of the Notion Archaeological Research Project. In 2018 she and her colleagues were awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research Grant in support of archaeological research to examine how the community living at Notion, an ancient port town in western Turkey, responded to developments in Greek urbanism and the expansion of Roman power. The project launched archaeological excavations at the site in 2022. In 2017 she published a co-authored book on the archaeological remains in the countryside around the ancient city of Aphrodisias in Turkey, and she recently published articles on ancient Greek cisterns at Notion and on urban collapse in late antique Asia Minor. She is currently working on publications of archaeological research at Notion and around the site of Vani in western Georgia, and of the ancient fountains at the Sanctuary of Zeus at Labraunda in Turkey. One of her special areas of interest is ancient water management, particularly cisterns and aqueducts. Her other research focuses on the dramatic changes in Graeco-Roman life that mark the collapse of classical antiquity in the eastern Mediterranean. She is interested in the archaeology of the countryside, human-environment interaction, urban abandonment, and social resilience in times of crisis.


Academic credentials

B.A., Bowdoin College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor