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Yona Waksman is glad to invite you to her Habilitation defense

From types to productions: an archaeometric contribution to the study of Byzantine pottery

April 1rst at 2 PM
Bordeaux Montaigne University


Abstract (in French)

Mon, 01/04/2019 - 2:00pm

Francine Blondé passed away, on Valentine's day.

Archaeologist and ceramologist specializing in the Greek world, she had been a Belgian member of the French School at Athens, and co-directed several archaeological excavations in Greece, especially in Thasos.

She became a CNRS researcher at the "Maison de l'Orient" in Lyon in 1991, in what was then the "Laboratoire de Céramologie" directed by Maurice Picon, before joining her thasian colleagues Dominique Mulliez and Arthur Muller in Lille in 2005.
She had special interest in craftmanship, especially pottery, and directed several programs on this topic.

Those who met her will remember her...

... for a peaceful, fruitful and tasty 2019!

Part 3 of the documentary series "The journey of food" focuses on the Byzantine period. Several members of the POMEDOR network, especially the historians Ilias Anagnostakis and Béatrice Caseau, contributed to it.

Scenes were shot at the Bocuse Institute during the preparation of the POMEDOR conference diner, where Sally Grainger, who designed the recipes with the input of Ilias Anagnostakis and Andrew Dalby, worked together with the chefs and a team of international students.

Watch the film


Presentation of the series on the Anemon productions website

What are the origins of Greek food? How did geography, climate,...

We were happy to have the CNRS propose a press release on one of our latest paper about the MBP (Main Middle Byzantine Production) of Chalcis / Chalkida, pointing out the role of this harbour in maritime trade in the Byzantine and Frankish periods.

Read the press release in French or in English

Read the article in the journal "Le Figaro"...

Aybüke Öztürk will defend her PhD thesis in IT, carried out under the supervision of Stéphane Lallich, Jérôme Darmont and Yona Waksman, on July 9th 2018:

"Design, implementation and analysis of a description model for complex archaeological objects"

Aybüke contributed to the POMEDOR project and to the new design of the ceramics database of Lyon laboratory, which is one of the largest database of chemical data of archaeological ceramics in Europe. The new model includes a full description of pottery samples - text description, drawings, photos of objects and of fabrics under the binocular, 3D models... - together with analytical...

Mon, 09/07/2018 (All day)

of the national training program "Archaeological and Archaeometric Approaches to Ceramics: Byzantine World and Medieval Middle-East" gathered in Lyon 19 participants of Syrian, Iranian, Algerian, Italian and ... French nationality, coming from all over France, as well as from Beyrouth and Florence.

The training included both methodological approaches to ceramics studies, focusing especially on analytical ones (fabrics, petrographic and chemical analysis for provenance and technology studies, residues analysis for studies of contents and uses...), and courses on Byzantine and Eastern Mediterranean medieval pottery, including hands-on on sherds and observations under the binocular, supplemented...

The training program "Archaeological and Archaeometric Approaches to Ceramics", labeled "National Training Action" (Action Nationale de Formation) by the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), will take place in Lyon on 28 May - 1rst June 2018. It proposes researchers and students both a methodological overview and an introduction to Byzantine and other medieval Eastern Mediterranean pottery. Practical training is proposed with the handling of sherds and the observation of fabrics. Archaeological sherds are complemented by replicas and 3D models of "best examples" from reference collections (Athens Agora, Museum and Ephorates of Thebes and Chalcis, etc.).
The course...

Mon, 28/05/2018 (All day) to Fri, 01/06/2018 (All day)

Yasemin Bağcı will defend her PhD thesis, carried out under the supervision of Joanita Vroom, on November 29th 2017:

"Coloured Ceramics of the Caliphs: A New Look at the Abbasid Pottery Finds of from the Old Gözlükule Excavations at Tarsus"

Although the medieval ceramic corpus of the Gözlükule project was found in the 1930s, it was only published in a brief article in the 1940s. This PhD research aims to present and assess the medieval pottery assemblage recovered on the mound of  Gözlükule, Tarsus with an integrated approach,...

Wed, 29/11/2017 (All day)

Jacques Burlot will defend his PhD thesis, carried out under the direction of Y. Waksman and A. Desbat, in Lyon on September 11th 2017:

"First Productions of Turkish Ceramics in Western Anatolia: Contextualisation and Technical Studies"

Jacques' study contributed to the POMEDOR project through research on slips and glazes of Late Byzantine and Early Turkish pottery.

Defence announcement

Abstract of the PhD


Congratulations to Jacques!
by the president of the jury, on behalf of all the members (photo S. Shabo)...

Mon, 11/09/2017 - 2:30pm


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