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J. Koder, Landwirtschaft beiderseits der Stadtmauern. Konstantinopels Versorgung mit Gemüse aufgrund der Geoponika, Jahrbuch für Geschichte des ländlichen Raumes 16, 181–228 (2019).


The supply of everyday food for the great mass of the population of the Byzantine Empire changed over the period of more than a millennium, though slowly. It depended on the geological and climatic conditions of agriculture, which – within a territory extending over up to roughly 1.5 million km2 in the Middle Byzantine period – differed from region to region. Constantinople, from the fourth to the fifteenth century the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and subsequently...

Τhe book focuses on the study and presentation of olive cultivation and on issues concerning the production, distribution and marketing of olive oil in the Eastern Mediterranean. This geographical area, apart from its roughly similar climatic and environmental features, was defined by the dominant political systems which imposed certain production and marketing practices on the olive and its products. Therefore a large number of areas in the Eastern Mediterranean basin have certain political and cultural characteristics ideally suited to the research and study of the olive-growing history of the region. The book consists of two distinct parts (Part I:...

The comparison of chemical compositions of ceramic bodies of nine Byzantine plates kept in the Musée national de céramique, Sèvres, with those of reference archaeological samples enabled us to associate most of the plates to the 12th-13th century production of Chalcis. Two pieces, however, raise the question of authenticity. Geochemical perturbations related to prolonged immersion in a marine environment are also discussed and a specific methodology is proposed.

J. Burlot, Y. Waksman, A. Bouquillon, L. Tilliard, Chalcis ou non ? Recontextualiser des plats byzantins conservés dans un musée, Technè 47, 150-157 (2019).

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New populations in Western Anatolia at the beginning of the Turkish periods also brought new pottery types, technology of manufacture and raw material procurement, as presented in this paper in the case of the 'Miletus Ware'.

J. Burlot, S.Y. Waksman, L. Bellot-Gurlet, G. Şimșek, The glaze production technology of an early Ottoman pottery (mid-14th(?)-16th century): the case of ‘Miletus Ware’, Journal of Archaeological Science Reports 29 (2020) (online 2019,

This paper reports how chemical analysis shows that the Kavalliani shipwreck carried a cargo of MBP from Chalcis.
These results propose Chalcis as a main medieval maritime hub, as most of the cargoes of tablewares in shipwrecks of the Middle Byzantine period are of the same types, and most probably have the same origin.

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S.Y. Waksman, G. Koutsouflakis, J. Burlot, L. Courbe, Archaeometric investigations of the tableware cargo of the Kavalliani shipwreck (Greece) and into the role of the harbour of Chalcis in...

The proceedings of the Antalya AIECM3 conference came out, a beautiful publication!

It includes several papers written by members of the POMEDOR network (underlined in the table of contents).

Contents vol.1

Contents vol.2

The book may be purchased e.g. on Zerobooks website....

A.M.W. Hunt (ed.)
The Oxford Handbook of Archaeological Ceramic Analysis
Oxford University Press, 2017

presents methodologies used in the POMEDOR project, such as organic residues analysis, petrographic and chemical analysis. The latter is presented by S.Y. Waksman in a contribution including medieval Beirut as a case study, entitled "Provenance" Studies: Productions and Compositional Groups ". Beirut was one of the sites investigated within the framework of the POMEDOR project, building on previous research.


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J. Vroom, Y. Waksman, R. van Oosten (eds.)
Medieval MasterChef. Archaeological and Historical Perspectives on Eastern Cuisine and Western Foodways
Brepols, 2017

This book presents a selection of papers of the session 'Medieval MasterChef' we organized in Istanbul in 2014, at the 20th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA), together with some later additions.

It includes contributions by Johanna Maria van Winter, Mary C. Beard, Yasemin Bağcı, Jose C. Carvajal López, Alexandra van Dongen, Ruth Smadar Gabrieli, Miguel Jiménez Puertas, Mauro Librenti, Cecilia Moine, Marten van Nieuwkoop,...

Roland-Pierre Gayraud et Lucy Vallauri
avec la collaboration de Guergana Guionova et Jean-Christophe Tréglia
et la participation de S. Yona Waksman, Claudio Capelli et Roberto Cabella
Fustat II. Fouilles d’Isṭabl ʿAntar. Céramiques d’ensembles des IXe et Xe siècles
FIFAO 75, Institut Français d'Archéologie Orientale, Le Caire, 2017

"The excavations of Isṭabl ʿAntar were carried out between 1985 and 2005. They revealed remains on a surface of more than two hectares, and a large quantity of archaeological finds of various types, as well as organic material. The publication of this material is currently under progress.

Ceramics constitute the...


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