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This volume brings together archaeologists, archaeological scientists and historians contributing different specialisms to an emerging field of research: food and foodways in the medieval Eastern Mediterranean. It presents the output of the POMEDOR project “People, pottery and food in the medieval Eastern Mediterranean” funded by the French National Research Agency. POMEDOR focused on changes in transitional periods, such as the Crusades and the Turkish conquests, as viewed through archaeological and archaeometric studies of pottery. The volume offers a wider scope, with research based on archaeobotany, archaeozoology, biological anthropology, and the study of archaeological structures, texts and iconography. Last but not...

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...

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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,...

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:


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.

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)....

The introduction of new wares in Western Turkey in the early Turkish period has been one of the subjects investigated in the framework of the POMEDOR project. A paper focusing on moulded wares is now available in preview, which will come out in the special volume of JASReports "Contextualising science: advances in ceramic production, use and function" edited by Roberta Tomber and Michela Spataro:

S.Y. Waksman, J. Burlot, B. Böhlendorf-Arslan, J. Vroom, Moulded wares production in the Early Turkish/Beylik period in Western Anatolia: A case study from Ephesus and Miletus, forthcoming in R. Tomber and M....


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