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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

The training course "Archaeological and Archaeometric Approaches to Ceramics" took place in Lyon this year on 29 May - 2 June 2017 and focused on pottery of the Byzantine world and the medieval Middle-East. It proposed some 20 researchers and students, from all over France and beyond, both a methodological overview, and a theoretical and practical introduction to Byzantine and other medieval Eastern Mediterranean pottery through the handling of sherds and the observation of fabrics. Archaeological sherds were complemented by replicas and 3D models of "best examples" from reference collections (Athens Agora, Museum and Ephorates of Thebes and Chalcis, etc.).

Mon, 29/05/2017 (All day) to Fri, 02/06/2017 (All day)

A meeting organized by the "Databases and reference collections" working group of the CAI-RN network of French archaeological scientists gave the opportunity to present ongoing developments in Lyon's ceramics database, one of the largest European one for chemical data of archaeological ceramics. It is presently extended to 2D images and 3D models, with further developments re. data modeling, mining and sharing:

"Conserver, enrichir, exploiter, interconnecter : développements en cours de la base de données céramologiques de Lyon", S.Y. Waksman

Watch the podcast of the presentation

Program of the meeting...

Wed, 15/03/2017 (All day)

2016 has been an eventful year for the POMEDOR project - especially with its final conference and "Byzantine" banquet, some memories of which may be found here on the POMEDOR website.


It was also officially the last year of the project. But I was happy to hear that a new one, on food and foodways in the Crusader period, is starting in Israel, with participants who met at the POMEDOR conference in Lyon.

Stimulating further research was one of our aims, and I will be glad to hear about other initiatives, and to...

A 3D scanning campaign was carried out in Istanbul from the 2nd to the 7th of October, on a variety of medieval eastern Mediterranean ceramics from a private collection.


The aim of this campaign was to obtain high quality 3D models of complete pieces or profiles of several ceramics types and productions, including:

  • Port Saint-Symeon Wares;
  • “MBP” (main "Middle Byzantine Production": Green and Brown Painted Ware, Fine Sgraffito Ware, Champlevé Ware);
  • Cyprus (Lapithos) Ware;
  • Thessaloniki or Istanbul Sirkeci Ware,
  • ...
Sun, 02/10/2016 (All day) to Fri, 07/10/2016 (All day)

The proceedings of the final conference of the POMEDOR project "Multidisciplinary Approaches to Food and Foodways in the Medieval Eastern Mediterranean" will appear in the series "Travaux de la Maison de l'Orient".

POMEDOR proceedings, recommandations to authors

Podcasts of the communications presented at the conference will also be available in the fall 2016.

The POMEDOR conference was a fruitful and friendly event, bringing together for 3 days in Lyon historians, archaeologists, archaeological scientists, museum curators and ... cooks!

Welcome to the POMEDOR conference!

Our team in front of the Vivier Castle, Paul Bocuse Institute: from right to left Nicole Flores, Jacques Burlot, Aybüke Öztürk, Shadi Shabo and Lucie Courbe.

Conference Sessions

During 3 days, historians, archaeologists, archaeological scientists... were presenting their research...

Thu, 19/05/2016 (All day) to Sat, 21/05/2016 (All day)

... were made by Jean-Jacques Dubernard, a potter operating in Rousillon near Lyon, on the special occasion of the Byzantine dinner organized for POMEDOR final conference.
Jean-Jacques has been working with Lyon laboratory in the past, especially on recreation of Roman pottery.

Replicas of Byzantine White Wares (Impressed White Ware, Shafing Dish...), of the main Middle Byzantine Production (Fine Sgraffito, Aegean Ware, Champlevé, Green and Brown Painted Ware, Slip-Painted Ware), and of Zeuxippus Ware, late sgraffito ware, Port-Saint Symeon Ware were made following archaeological models.

They will be used later on as educational material, especially for the...

A Byzantine dinner will be created on the occasion of the POMEDOR conference in May, at the Paul Bocuse Institute in Ecully near Lyon (France).

This event is a joint creation by the food historian and experimental archaeologist Sally Grainger, with the scientific advise of Andrew Dalby and of Ilias Anagnostakis, our POMEDOR colleague and friend, historian of Byzantium with an in-depth insight into food and foodways, together with a team of the Bocuse Institute & School, as representatives of the French gastronomy!

The dinner will be presented by food historian Andrew Dalby.

This event is under the...

Thu, 19/05/2016 (All day)

The POMEDOR project is also an opportunity to provide resources for education and research in the field of ceramic studies. 3D scans of complete examples will be taken as representatives for the categories that we studied within the project.
Tests are ongoing on the collection of traditional pottery of the "Laboratoire de Céramologie" in Lyon.

S.Y. Waksman and S. Shabo will go the to Athenian Agora and to Chalkida (Greece) to scan typical examples of the Byzantine amphorae studied within the project. They will work in collaboration with the ACSCA and with G. Vaxevanis,...

Mon, 28/03/2016 (All day) to Fri, 01/04/2016 (All day)


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