• Reconstruction of the Early Phrygian gate complex at Gordion (ca 850–800 BCE).

  • Map of the Near East, showing the location of Dinkha Tepe and known transit routes through the Zagros.

  • Site map of Gordion, showing a selection of its topographical and morphological components.

  • Excavations of the Early Phrygian Iron Age citadel gate at Gordion, Turkey in 1955.

  • Burial of a Mongol Lord at Dinkha Tepe, Iran, ca 13th century CE.

  • Satellite image showing the site of Dinkha Tepe in the Gadar River Valley, Iran.

  • Inventory of the estate of Guilhem de Cavalhon, Marseille, 12 November 1405.

  • Plan showing two phases of architectural remains at Dinkha Tepe, Iran.

  • The site of Konar Sandal B during excavation in 2004, Kerman, Iran.


Department of History
Robinson Hall 210
35 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Email: pizzorno@fas.harvard.edu 
Phone: +1 (617) 496-9768
Office Hours: Tue. 10:00am-noon and by appointment

Gabriel Pizzorno is Senior Lecturer on History at Harvard University. His research focuses on the use of material culture as a historical source, and the development and application of advanced digital methodologies and tools to enhance our understanding of the human past.

In the Department of History, Pizzorno teaches courses on digital methods, materiality theory, and ancient history. He is also responsible for the coordination and development of departmental initiatives in digital research and pedagogy through the Program in Digital History. Pizzorno also helps coordinate university-wide digital initiatives through the Digital Scholarship Support Group, which he co-founded in 2015, and of which he is Faculty Chair.

He is currently co-principal investigator on two major international research projects, the Documentary Archaeology of Late Medieval Europe and the Holocaust Materialities Network, and is currently finishing a monograph on Dinkha Tepe, an archaeological site in northwestern Iran. The monograph challenges key aspects of our understanding of the history of the region by weaving together different strands of evidence—stratigraphic, artefactual, textual, landscape, and scientific—to reconstruct the long–term history of the site from the second millennium BCE to the present.

Before joining the Department of History at Harvard in 2014, Pizzorno was a Research Associate at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, where he led efforts to digitize, and make available online, the extensive archives of several long-running archaeological projects. He received his PhD in Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011.