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Many of us, all around the world, are confined. To help us continue our research, the librarians of the "Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée" in Lyon regularly informs us about online resources made more accessible. The following link gathers many of them on the Couperin website:

list of online resources made available during confinement

Many thanks to the Couperin contributors, and to the librarians of the "MOM", with special thanks to Marie Chebance!

"Bon courage" to all of you...

... for a happy and creative year 2020!

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...

POMEDOR members Yana Morozova, Sergyi Zelenko, and Yona Waksman will give lectures at the National Archaeological Institute with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia:

on November 6th
"Archaeometric Approaches to Ceramics in Lyon Laboratory, using Chemical Analysis"

Further information

on November 12th
"Две публични лекции на д-р Сергей Зеленко и г-жа Яна Морозова от Центъра по подводна археология към Киевския университет „Тарас Шевченко”

Further information

Wed, 06/11/2019 - 4:00pm

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

... 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...


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