Paul Tamburro

Paul Tamburro

Archaeology and History of Art and Architecture
Class of 2022
Paul Tamburro

Hi everyone! My name is Paul and I'm a senior in Lowell House, joint concentrating in Archaeology and the History of Art and Architecture with a secondary in Classical Civilizations. I've always been interested in the ancient past, but I never expected I'd study Archaeology until I took the intro Arch class (now GENED 1105: Can We Know Our Past?) on a whim during my first semester at Harvard. I was immediately captivated by archaeology's hands-on approach and the fascinating big picture questions like "who owns the past?" that we explored in that course. My interest only grew when I had the chance to participate in an actual dig in Harvard Yard and travel to archaeological sites in China and New Mexico with faculty. I've also really enjoyed working in campus museums (both the Peabody and the Harvard Art Museums) as part of my studies.

Research Interests

I'm really interested in museum practice and questions of heritage/ownership. I'm also fascinated by the sometimes arbitrary and problematic distinction drawn between "artifacts" and "art," as well as broader debates in the anthropology of art. My current regional focus is Ancient Mesoamerica and I'm working on a thesis about Classic Mayan artists' signatures and portraits, but I'm also interested in classical studies and historical archaeology!