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Within the rapidly expanding area of research on food and foodways, the medieval eastern Mediterranean is still very much an unexplored area. The aim of the POMEDOR project was to explore this new field in a multidisciplinary way and to stimulate further research. Although the project focused primarily on food and foodways approached through archaeological and archaeometric studies of pottery - from transport amphorae to serving dishes, through food processing utensils, cooking wares, and wares used in food production processes - the conference encompassed a wider field, including historical, archaeozoological, archaeobotanical and anthropological studies.

Case studies in Greece, Turkey, Israel,...

19/05/2016 (All day) to 21/05/2016 (All day)

POMEDOR member Edna Stern will present the Crusader-period pottery from Acre at a ceramic seminar organised by POMEDOR and the "Laboratoire de Céramologie" in Lyon.

09/04/2015 - 14:00

A seminar focusing on archaeometric approaches to pottery studies in Ephesos, with a contribution by POMEDOR members Jacques Burlot and Yona Waksman on the Byzantine and Turkish periods.

Ephesos is one of the sites in Western Turkey where we are investigating the introduction of new pottery types, uses and technological features with the arrival of Turkish populations, at the Beylik and early Ottoman periods.

05/02/2015 - 14:00

This meeting is focusing on storage and preservation of food products.

It is co-organized by PRALIM, a joint research theme of the "Maison de l'Orient" in Lyon dealing with diet in the Mediterranean across the ages, and with the GDR BioArchéoDat.

Program of the meeting

28/11/2014 - 09:45

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...

10/09/2014 (All day) to 14/09/2014 (All day)

The Levantine Ceramic Project ( and POMEDOR will host a workshop in Lyon devoted to issues of ceramic database linkages and interoperability, and to the development of search and statistical tools to enhance database functionality.

9h-9h30: Interconnecting ceramics databases: introduction and scope – Y. Waksman (CNRS, Lyon)
9h30-10h: The National Roman Fabric Reference Collection (UK): Implementation and Development as an Online Resource – R. Tomber (British Museum, London)
10h-10h20: coffee break
10h20-10h40: The Levantine Ceramics Project (LCP) – A. Berlin (Boston University)
10h40-11h: Collaborative programming via an application programming interface (API) –...

17/03/2014 (All day)

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During this meeting, co-organized with the theme PRALIM of the "Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée" in Lyon, members of the POMEDOR network will present different aspects of food and foodways in the late Roman and medieval Eastern Mediterranean and Middle-East:


Introduction : le programme POMEDOR "Populations, poteries et alimentation en Méditerranée orientale médiévale"
Yona Waksman
UMR 5138 Archéométrie et Archéologie, MOM Lyon

La production du sucre en Méditerranée orientale au Moyen Âge : les évolutions d'une nouvelle activité
Mohamed Ouerfelli

08/11/2013 - 14:00

This second meeting brought together members of the core POMEDOR group together with new members of the network, especially Cypriot and other colleagues working on Cyprus. We were welcomed at the Leventis municipal Museum of Nicosia by its Director Demetra Papanikola-Bakirtzi.

Yona Waksman gave a general presentation of the POMEDOR project , proposed an update of the issues following the first meeting in Athens, and showed a model of the POMEDOR website and collaborative platform as prepared by Céline Brun and developed by computer sciences student Caroline Castonguay-Boisvert. Véronique François gave a summary of her work on pots...

13/05/2013 (All day)

The first POMEDOR meeting was mainly devoted to archaeological contexts and categories of ceramics which will be selected for investigation during the project. After a general presentation of the POMEDOR project and of its tools for collaborative research (Y. Waksman), precisions regarding the different methods of analyses (elemental, petrographic, residues analysis) and sampling specificities were given (A. Shapiro, Y. Waksman, A. Pecci). Regional presentations of sites and ceramic material were given by the regional coordinators J. Vroom (Turkey, Greece), E.J. Stern (Israel) and S. Gabrieli (Cyprus), with a summary of previous archaeometric studies by A. Vokaer, A. Shapiro and Y....

11/02/2013 (All day)
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