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... 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 will spend three weeks in Western Turkey working in four archaeological sites (Ephesos [OAI], Pergamon and Miletus [DAI], Sardis [Harvard University]). They expect to study, contextualize, record and sample several medieval ceramic productions and types, in collaboration with the excavations teams and especially with Joanita Vroom (Ephesos), Beate Arslan-Böhlendorf (Miletus) and Sarah Japp (Pergamon).

This sampling campaign continues previous provenance studies of medieval Western Anatolian pottery productions, and aims at completing an already rich corpus of analytical data. New aspects will be dealt with by Jacques Burlot...

Sun, 20/07/2014 (All day) to Sun, 10/08/2014 (All day)

Yona Waksman and Alessandra Pecci, together with Nikos Kontogiannis, Giannis Vaxevannis, Stephie Skartsis from the Byzantine Ephoria of Chalkida, investigate medieval Byzantine amphorae for their origins and contents.

Byzantine and Ottoman table wares were also selected for analysis in the material of the American Excavations in the Athenian Agora, in collaboration with Joanita Vroom and Elli Tsavella, to investigate the pottery production in Athens in these periods.

Sat, 26/04/2014 (All day) to Sat, 10/05/2014 (All day)

... of Marie Delavenne at the "Laboratoire de Céramologie" in Lyon was focusing on the (re)definition of chemical groups, corresponding to late Roman and Medieval pottery productions in the Eastern Mediterranean. These groups in Lyon database will be used as test batches for the interconnections with other ceramics databases, e.g. the one of the Levantine Ceramics Project.

Edna Stern and Yona Waksman, together with several colleagues excavating and studying ceramics in Israel, will be sampling ceramics for chemical, petrographic and residues analyses. Both Fatimid and Crusader, coastal and inland, urban and rural sites will be considered.

Wed, 26/02/2014 (All day) to Fri, 14/03/2014 (All day)

The POMEDOR project will be presented at the next International Symposium on Archaeometry in Los Angeles, in the session "HUMAN – ENVIRONMENT INTERACTIONS AND BIOMATERIALS-BIOARCHAEOLOGY".

ISA conference website

Mon, 19/05/2014 (All day) to Fri, 23/05/2014 (All day)

The European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) 20th annual meeting will take place in Istanbul, on September 10th to 14th 2014.

It will host a session proposed by Joanita Vroom, Yona Waksman and Roos van Oosten, entitled:
"Medieval MasterChef. Eastern Cuisine and Western Food Customs: An Archaeological Perspective"

Theme: T04 Environment and subsistence: the geosphere, ecosphere and human interaction
session T04S011

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...

Wed, 10/09/2014 (All day) to Sun, 14/09/2014 (All day)

Jacques Burlot recently joined the POMEDOR team, he will be looking at the technological features of ceramics (especially the associations body-slip-glaze) and at their diffusion in the medieval Eastern Mediterranean.

Welcome Jacques!

Y. Waksman and C. Brun will be working on ceramic material from the excavations at Kinet Höyük, directed by Marie-Henriette Gates (Bilkent University, Ankara) and by Scott Reford (Koç University, Istanbul) for its medieval part, and at Hisn al Tinat, directed by Asa Eger (University of North Carolina, Greensboro).

Sun, 16/06/2013 (All day) to Thu, 27/06/2013 (All day)

In May 2013, members of the POMEDOR team went to Paphos and Nicosia to sample cooking and table wares for various archaeometric analyses: chemical, petrographic and residue analysis.

The aims of this sampling campaign were to:

  • Create reference chemical group(s) for the Paphos Theatre workshop;
  • Identify sources of import;
  • Begin investigations on the use of cooking wares.

Work concentrated on three close assemblages of the late 13th century:

  • A post-earthquake context from Fabrika Hill, Paphos (excavations of the University of Sydney);
  • A household assemblage found in a Roman-period tomb in Paphos, in secondary use as a house or a storage
  • ...
Tue, 14/05/2013 (All day) to Thu, 23/05/2013 (All day)


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