Sophia Colello is a co-terminal M.A. candidate in the Classics department at Stanford University. She completed her B.A. in Archaeology and Classics at Stanford while also completing coursework towards her Master's degree. She has conducted fieldwork in the Greek Pelopponese at the Iklaina Archaeological Project, on campus with the Arboretum Chinese Labor Quarters Project, and in Peru at Chavin de Huantar. Beyond the field, Sophia’s archaeological research has ranged widely from studying the provenience of cuneiform tablets in the Cantor Arts Center collections to developing methodologies for documenting and conserving aural heritage soundscapes while in Peru. Centered on the Arsacid Kingdom of Armenia during periods of contested Roman and Parthian rule, her thesis work interrogates how conditions of imperial sovereignty are shaped and negotiated by material culture in contested regions.
Hometown: Danville, CA
Research interests: The Bronze Age Mediterranean, cultural exchange between the Greek world and the Near East, interpretation of cult iconography, and modern issues of preservation and conservation at archaeological sites
Field Schools: Chavín de Huántar, 2018, Project 'U Mari (at home), 2020