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Francine Blondé passed away, on Valentine's day.

Archaeologist and ceramologist specializing in the Greek world, she had been a Belgian member of the French School at Athens, and co-directed several archaeological excavations in Greece, especially in Thasos.

She became a CNRS researcher at the "Maison de l'Orient" in Lyon in 1991, in what was then the "Laboratoire de Céramologie" directed by Maurice Picon, before joining her thasian colleagues Dominique Mulliez and Arthur Muller in Lille in 2005.
She had special interest in craftmanship, especially pottery, and directed several programs on this topic.

Those who met her will remember her...

of the national training program "Archaeological and Archaeometric Approaches to Ceramics: Byzantine World and Medieval Middle-East" gathered in Lyon 19 participants of Syrian, Iranian, Algerian, Italian and ... French nationality, coming from all over France, as well as from Beyrouth and Florence.

The training included both methodological approaches to ceramics studies, focusing especially on analytical ones (fabrics, petrographic and chemical analysis for provenance and technology studies, residues analysis for studies of contents and uses...), and courses on Byzantine and Eastern Mediterranean medieval pottery, including hands-on on sherds and observations under the binocular, supplemented...

The training program "Archaeological and Archaeometric Approaches to Ceramics", labeled "National Training Action" (Action Nationale de Formation) by the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), will take place in Lyon on 28 May - 1rst June 2018. It proposes researchers and students both a methodological overview and an introduction to Byzantine and other medieval Eastern Mediterranean pottery. Practical training is proposed with the handling of sherds and the observation of fabrics. Archaeological sherds are complemented by replicas and 3D models of "best examples" from reference collections (Athens Agora, Museum and Ephorates of Thebes and Chalcis, etc.).
The course...

Date: 
Mon, 28/05/2018 (All day) to Fri, 01/06/2018 (All day)

The training course "Archaeological and Archaeometric Approaches to Ceramics" took place in Lyon this year on 29 May - 2 June 2017 and focused on pottery of the Byzantine world and the medieval Middle-East. It proposed some 20 researchers and students, from all over France and beyond, both a methodological overview, and a theoretical and practical introduction to Byzantine and other medieval Eastern Mediterranean pottery through the handling of sherds and the observation of fabrics. Archaeological sherds were complemented by replicas and 3D models of "best examples" from reference collections (Athens Agora, Museum and Ephorates of Thebes and Chalcis, etc.).
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Date: 
Mon, 29/05/2017 (All day) to Fri, 02/06/2017 (All day)

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...

Date: 
Sun, 16/11/2014 (All day)
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