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A new POMEDOR intern, Lucie Courbe, is currently working in the framework of her MA Thesis with S.Y. Waksman in Lyon's laboratory, on the Byzantine and Ottoman Pottery Production of Athens.
The material under study comes from the American Excavations in the Athenian Agora and will be published by J.A.C. Vroom (Leiden University) and her team. It gave evidence for pottery manufacture in Athens Agora at the Ottoman period. Lucie will characterize this production by chemical analysis and investigate the hypothesis of an earlier one, typologically related to the MBP (Main Middle Byzantine Pottery, see ...

The final conference of the POMEDOR project "People, Pottery and Food in the Medieval Eastern Mediterranean", funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR), will take place in Lyon on 19-21 May 2016.


The conference will give us the opportunity to present the results of the program as well as research on related topics, to discuss recent advances and further research.

A large part of the conference will be devoted to food and foodways as may be approached through archaeological and archaeometric studies of pottery, but research using other approaches will be welcome...

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

Charlène is an archaeobotanist working on medieval sites and a member of the POMEDOR network. She just succeeded in obtaining a CNRS research position, congratulations Charlène!

For a few months now, Jacques Burlot has been studying production techniques of Western Anatolian ceramics with SEM analyses. The studied samples are specific of ceramic types such as polychrome sgraffito wares (“Fette Ware” type), “Miletus” ware, the turquoise glazed and molded wares.

Example of a BSE picture showing a cross section of a slip glazed ware.

This study focuses more precisely on the ceramics’ decorative layers which are the glaze and the slip; the SEM analyses enable us to determine their elemental compositions and microstructures.

This work, associated with...

Still in shock after the recent killings in Paris, we would like to remind that the POMEDOR project also aims at promoting the meeting of cultures - through the medium of food, or through any other medium.

POMEDOR wishes you a very happy and fruitful year!

After a phase of intensive data harvest, the project is entering a new step mainly devoted to analysis and data treatment. The first results are about to appear, we believe to constitute a significant step forward, we will keep you posted!

Maurice Picon passed away on November 16th.

He was a pioneer, as one of the founders of archaeometry in France, and especially of provenance studies of ceramics, which he developped as the Director of the "Laboratoire de Céramologie" in Lyon. The concepts and tools he created have been the backbone of archaeological ceramics analysis since the 1970's.

The POMEDOR project owes him tremendously.

The announcement and a series of tributes which appeared after his death are available on the GMPCA website. Its bibliography, part of wich is available below, together with an...

Sun, 16/11/2014 (All day)

... are moving forward, with the first results of Anastasia Shapiro, seen here preparing thin sections, on POMEDOR samples.
This first batch studies the tradition of using calcareous clays between the early Islamic and the early Crusader periods, through the characterization of archaeologically identified workshops.

Yona Waksman and Jacques Burlot went to the Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France (C2RMF) in Paris, in order to analyze Byzantine and Early Turkish ceramics coming from archaeological sites (Ephesos, Pergamon, Sardis, Iznik) and from museum collections (Cité de la Céramique, Sèvres). The study was carried out with the collaboration of Anne Bouquillon (C2RMF) and of Laurence Tilliard (Cité de la Céramique, Sèvres). It proposed to investigate provenance and technologies of different ceramic types such as Aegean ware and Miletus ware.

Analyses were carried out by non-destructive ion...

Tue, 30/09/2014 (All day) to Wed, 01/10/2014 (All day)

Philippe Trélat posted on the POMEDOR members website (see "Network") a program-questionnaire for a historical survey, elaborated with the help of Nicolas Trépanier, Ilias Anagnostakis and Yona Waksman. The following areas of research are proposed:
1. The choice of cultivated plant species and livestock and hunted animals
2. Places of distribution
3. Methods of food preservation
4. Cultural values of different cooking methods
5. Changing dietary boundaries between communities

Members are welcome to contribute!


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