The session "Medieval MasterChef. Eastern Cuisine and Western Food Customs: An Archaeological Perspective",

organized by Roos van Osten, and by Joanita Vroom and Yona Waksman of the POMEDOR network, at the next EAA meeting will take place on Saturday September 13th afternoon.

Session (T04S011) in the theme T04 "Environment and Subsistence: Geosphere, Ecosphere and Human Interactions"

The scope of this session is to discuss eating habits and food practices in Medieval Europe, using different approaches (archaeology, archaeometry, history) and specialities (e.g., ceramology, archaeozoology, archaeobotany, anthropology, etc.). Its perspective is that food, as a social and cultural marker, can be seen as a particularly significant factor in understanding complex relationships between a wide range of communities which were in contact, such as Byzantines, Muslims, Latins, Ottomans and others. Specific attention will be paid to the role of pottery (from transport amphorae to serving dishes or coarse wares) in the study of cuisine, cooking techniques and food customs.

In this session we will investigate how, when and why transformations in pottery and other food-related markers took place, both in East and in West. Were developments in the East fundamentally different from those in the West? To what extent is it possible to link ‘cooking revolutions’  to changing pottery shapes, to changing food customs, to changing dietary practices, or perhaps even to house transformations? In short, can we understand these cultural and historical processes in an archaeological perspective?

Program of the session

Read here V. Verrocchio's poster

The session is organized with the support of the POMEDOR program and of the French Institute for Anatolian Studies (IFEA).

Time & Place
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 (All day) to Sunday, 14 September 2014 (All day)
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