Taylor Carr-Howard


B.A. Art history, Scripps College
M.A. Archaeology, Cornell University

Areas of Interest

Art and archaeology of the Roman provinces, archaeological photographs, cultural heritage, classical reception


Taylor Carr-Howard studies Roman provincial art and archaeology through the lens of its reception. In particular, she is interested in the role photography plays in shaping perceptions of the classical past. Taylor received her BA in art history from Scripps College in 2017 and her MA in archaeology from Cornell University in 2020. As an undergraduate, Taylor studied both photography and Roman archaeology. In 2014, she was awarded a Mellon Fellowship to do research into the life and work of American photographer Dody Weston Thompson and to curate an exhibition of her work. Taylor’s undergraduate thesis look at the ways in which local identity is expressed in Roman provincial mosaics. During her MA, Taylor combined her interests in photography and archaeology. Her MA thesis looks at photographs of Timgad taken by the Commission des Monuments Historiques de l’Algérie and proposes a decolonial way of using early site photographs to understand better the colonial history of Classical archaeology as well as its lasting influence. Taylor has co-curated exhibitions at the Clark Humanities Museum at Scripps College and at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri. In  2018 she has excavated in Italy within the framework of the Marzuolo Archaeological Project.


MA Thesis: “Decolonizing the Archaeological Photograph: Photography of the Commission des Monuments Historiques de l’Algérie (1880-1910).” 

Field Experience

Marzuolo Archaeological Project, Cinigiano, Italy


2017 Robert B. Palmer Classics award; 2014 Mellon Undergraduate Research Fellowship