Laurel Taylor, PhD

Senior Lecturer of Art History and Classics
127A New Hall, CPO 1840
828.251.6290

Office Hours

  • Tue: 

    • 1:15 - 3 p.m.
  • Fri: 

    • 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.
and by appointment

 

Dr. Laurel Taylor received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and her BA  from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She teaches Italian, Early Christian, and World Archaeology courses as well as an Archaeological Field School, Introduction to Art History I and II,  and Roman Art History for the Department of Art.

Dr. Taylor’s research interests have focused on funerary art and ritual in ancient Italy and she is currently working on gender and performance in Etruscan mourning ceremonies.  Her current archaeological fieldwork is at the Etruscan and Roman site of Cetamura del Chianti, Italy. She has also directed excavations of the UNC Asheville field school at Palazzaccio, a Roman period villa located outside of Lucca, Italy, and part of the UNESCO “Project of 100 Roman Farms.” Her most recent is publications include 2017: contributing author and editor, Wells of Wonders: New Discoveries at Cetamura del Chianti, ed. Nancy T. de Grummond, Catalog of the Exhibition June 9-September 30, 2017 Florence, National Archaeological Museum (Edifir). Earlier publications include "Excavations at the 'Project of 100 Roman Farms', Lucca, Italy: The 2006-2008 seasons at Palazzaccio," FOLD&R summarizes the results of excavations there from 2005-2008. Previously Dr. Taylor worked with the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell's excavations at a palace of Herod the Great in Caesarea Maritima, Israel, and has published preliminary studies on the mosaic and fresco remains from the palace.

Education

  • PhD, Mediterranean Archaeology with a focus on Italian Archaeology
    University of Pennsylvania
  • BA, International Studies
    University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Courses Taught

  • ARTH 201 Introduction to Art History I
  • ARTH 202 Introduction to Art History II
  • ARTH 302 Internship in Art History
  • ARTH 312/CLAS 316 Roman Art History
  • ARTH 460 Issues in Art History: Gender/Sexuality in Ancient Art
  • ARTH 374 Early Christian Archaeology
  • ARTH 374 World Archaeology
  • ARTH 374/CLAS 383 Italian Archaeology
  • ARTH 374/CLAS Archaeology Field School
  • ARTH 484.001 Senior Research Seminar I
  • ARTH 485.001 Senior Research Seminar II

Professional Interests

President of the Western North Carolina chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America.

Recent Papers/Publications

Selected Publications (2007-present)

  • 2017: contributing author and editor, Wells of Wonders: New Discoveries at Cetamura del Chianti, ed. Nancy T. de Grummond, Catalog of the Exhibition June 9-September 30, 2017 Florence, National Archaeological Museum (Edifir).
  • "Death on Display: 'Breaking Bad' with Etruscan funerary imagery" as part of the "Breaking Bad in Italian Visual Culture" colloquium at the 2016 SECAC (Southeastern College Art Association Conference) meeting in Roanoke, October 19-22.
  • Review of Andrew M. Madden, Corpus of Byzantine Church Mosaic Pavements from Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Colloquia antiqua, 13.   Leuven; Paris; Walpole, MA:  Peeters, 2014. http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2016/2016-02-22.html
  • "Religion and Industry at Cetamura del Chianti in the Late Etruscan Period,"  Etruscan Studies 18.2 121-149.
  • L. Taylor ed., Artisans and Craft in Ancient Etruria: A Symposium in Honor of Nancy de Grummond (EtrStud 17.2) De Gruyter: 2015
  • “Performing the Prothesis: Gender, Gesture, Ritual and Role on the Chiusine Reliefs from Archaic Etruria,” Journal of Etruscan Studies 17.1 (2014) 1-27.
  • Review of J Mander Portraits of Children on Roman Funerary Monuments (Cambridge, 2012) in The Classical Review (New Series) 63:02, 576-578. DOI 10.1017/S0009840x13001273. 
  • Review of Hasmonean and Herodian Palaces at Jericho. Final Reports of the 1973-1987 Excavations. Vol. IV. The Decoration of Herod’s Third Palace at Jericho by Silvia Rozenberg, published in BASOR (Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research), No. 368 (November, 2012), pp 118-120.
  • Forthcoming: “The Mosaic and Fresco Remains from Herod’s Palace and the Roman Praetorium at Caesarea Marittima,” in Excavations at the Promontory Palace at Caesarea Marittima: Final Report.
  • In progress: An archaeology of childhood: symbolism and sentiment in the funerary monuments of Roman children
  • Contributor, Smarthistory.org:  “Etruscan Art,” 2012-2014. (Open source, not-for-profit art history textbook.)
  • "Mourning Becomes Etruria: Ritual, Performance and Iconography, Journal of Etruscan Studies vol.14 (2011). 91-106.
  • Invited reviewer, Oxford University Press, 2011-2013.
  • Review of P. Kiernan, Miniature Votive Offerings in the Roman North-West (Mainz 2010) in Bryn Mawr Classical Review .http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2011/2011-03-57.html
  • “Excavations at the 'Project of 100 Roman Farms', Lucca, Italy: The 2006-2008 seasons at Palazzaccio," The Journal of Fasti Online  (2010)  http://www.fastionline.org/docs/FOLDER-it-2010-173.pdf
  • “Palazzaccio: The 2005 Excavations," in Le Dimore dell'Auser: Archeologia, Architettura, ed Ambiente dell'antico lago di Sesto (Lucca 2006) 85-90.

Selected Papers (2007-present)

  • "‘Reading the ritual’: Representation and Meaning on an Etruscan Funerary Monument in Perugia," at the Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting, Toronto (January 2017).
  • "Religion and Industry at Cetamura del Chianti in the Late Etruscan Period."  Annual Meeting Archaeological Institute of America, January 2015, New Orleans.
  • "Between Life and Death: Funerary Ritual and the Animated Portrait in Ancient Rome," SECAC, Durham, October 2013.
  • “Miniature votives from the Etruscan sanctuary at Cetamura del Chianti,” Archaeological Institute of American  
     Annual Meeting, Philadelphia 2012.
  • “Mourning becomes Etruria: Status, Gender and Mortuary Ritual in Early Etruscan Society,” CAMWS Southern Section Meeting, Richmond VA (2010).
  • “Think of the Children!”: Commemorating the Young in North Italian Funerary Monuments", Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting, Philadelphia (2009).
  • “The 2008 Excavation Campaign at the 'Project of 100 Roman Farms,' Lucca, Italy,”CAMWS Southern, Section Meeting, Asheville (2008).
  • "Scavi e ricerche nel complesso di Palazzaccio al 'Progetto di Cento Fattorie Romane, Lucca" Convegno di Archeologia di Nord-Toscana (2008), Lucca, Italy  (*invited speaker).
  • “Excavations at the 'Project of 100 Roman Farms,' Lucca, Italy: The 2005 and 2006 Seasons at Palazzaccio,” Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting, San Diego (2007).