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Chalkida

We were happy to have the CNRS propose a press release on one of our latest paper about the MBP (Main Middle Byzantine Production) of Chalcis / Chalkida, pointing out the role of this harbour in maritime trade in the Byzantine and Frankish periods.

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Read the article in the journal "Le Figaro"...

The importance of the main "Middle Byzantine Production" (MBP), which includes several 12-13th c. pottery types known as "Fine sgraffito ware", Aegean Ware" etc., is seen both through its large distribution and by its predominance in 12th-13th c. AD shipwrecks. With the help of chemical analysis, we show in this paper that it was manufactured in Chalcis (Greece), the harbour of wealthy Byzantine Thebes, and later on a Venetian hub under the name of Negroponte. These results question the impact of the Frankish conquest on production and diffusion of goods, and raise issues for future research on consumption and food...

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