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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...

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).

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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...

Richard E. Jones and contributors
Sweet Waste: a view from the Mediterranean and from the 2002 excavations at the Tawahin es-Sukkar (Safi), Jordan
Potingair Press, 2017
 

"The history of cane sugar from its origins in the east to its status as a luxury foodstuff and even medicine in the medieval period to a commodity produced and consumed globally in today’s world is well known. Yet archaeologically, sugar is an invisible commodity, its presence usually being inferred from the humble sugar pots used in the last stages of its sophisticated production process. This book attempts to redress the...

Valentina Vezzoli
La céramique islamique d'Apamée de Syrie. Histoire de l'occupation du Quartier Nord-Est du XIIe au XIVe siècle
Fouilles d'Apamée de Syrie 3, Académie Royale de Belgique, Bruxelles 2016. 

This book presents the Islamic‑period ceramic assemblage from the archaeological excavations carried out in the north‑eastern area of Apamea by the Belgian Archaeological Mission (Université libre de Bruxelles) since 2002. These investigations yielded an imposing bath‑complex dated from the 2nd to the 7th centuries, which was occupied during the Islamic period as a residential and manufacturing area. We particularly focus on the occupation dated to the Middle Islamic period...

Chalcis was identifed as a production center of amphorae types Günsenin 2 and 3 - a prominent one for the latter type. This new result further highlights the role of Chalcis in maritime trade involving both food containers and tablewares, already pointed out by our study of the "MBP" tablewares.

The paper is available in open access and contains a downloadable 3D model of a typical example of Günsenin 3 amphora (link to the free 3D viewer MeshLab; open the .obj file through File/Import mesh), which may be seen and manipulated online on Elsevier's website:

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Residues analysis was carried out on medieval cooking wares from a closed context in Paphos, Cyprus, to see if different food and foodways could be identified in local pots and pans and in cooking wares imported from Frankish Beirut.

Reference:
A. Pecci, R.S. Gabrieli, F. Inserra, M.A. Cau, S.Y. Waksman, Preliminary results of the organic residue analysis of 13th century cooking wares from a household in Frankish Paphos (Cyprus), STAR: Science & Technology of Archaeological Research, DOI: 10.1080/20548923.2016.1183960 (2016)....

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