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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...

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.).

Mon, 29/05/2017 (All day) to Fri, 02/06/2017 (All day)

A 3D scanning campaign was carried out in Istanbul from the 2nd to the 7th of October, on a variety of medieval eastern Mediterranean ceramics from a private collection.


The aim of this campaign was to obtain high quality 3D models of complete pieces or profiles of several ceramics types and productions, including:

  • Port Saint-Symeon Wares;
  • “MBP” (main "Middle Byzantine Production": Green and Brown Painted Ware, Fine Sgraffito Ware, Champlevé Ware);
  • Cyprus (Lapithos) Ware;
  • Thessaloniki or Istanbul Sirkeci Ware,
  • ...
Sun, 02/10/2016 (All day) to Fri, 07/10/2016 (All day)

The proceedings of the final conference of the POMEDOR project "Multidisciplinary Approaches to Food and Foodways in the Medieval Eastern Mediterranean" will appear in the series "Travaux de la Maison de l'Orient".

POMEDOR proceedings, recommandations to authors

Podcasts of the communications presented at the conference will also be available in the fall 2016.

Medieval and Post-Medieval Ceramics in the Eastern Mediterranean - Fact and Fiction.
Proceedings of the First International Conference on Byzantine and Ottoman Archaeology, Amsterdam, 21-23 October 2011.
J. Vroom (ed.), Brepols 2015.

Includes contributions by John Bennet, Beate Böhlendorf-Arslan, Véronique François, Alexandra Gaba-van Dongen, Smadar Gabrieli, Sauro Gelichi, Deborah Harlan, Richard Hodges, Fotini Kondyli, Nikos D. Kontogiannis, Pagona Papadopoulou, Demetra Papanikola-Bakirtzi, Scott Redford, Larissa Sedikova, Edna J. Stern, Joanita Vroom and Yona Waksman.

"The focus in this varied collection of studies by key scholars in the field is on the material culture (especially ceramics) of the eastern Mediterranean during...

A one day international conference organized by Dr Konstantinos D. Politis (European Social Fund Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Athens), convening scholars from diverse fields to present and discuss the archaeology of the Sugarcane Industry as excavated in various sites in the Near East and eastern Mediterranean islands.

The program includes an oral communication and a poster proposed by POMEDOR member E.J. Stern



09:00   Registration and coffee/tea

09:30   Opening and welcome address by, Asst. Professor Dr Dimitris KARADIMAS (Scientific Advisor, University of Athens), The Sweetness of Philology: What did the Ancients know about Sugar?

10:00   Dr...

23/05/2015 (All day)

SOAS University of London proposes a new Research Seminar Program for young and early career researchers into medieval art and archaeology in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East, led by POMEDOR member Professor Scott Redford and funded by the Getty Foundation.

The deadline for applications is 15 March 2015.

Philippe Trélat posted on the POMEDOR members website (see "Network") a program-questionnaire for a historical survey, elaborated with the help of Nicolas Trépanier, Ilias Anagnostakis and Yona Waksman. The following areas of research are proposed:
1. The choice of cultivated plant species and livestock and hunted animals
2. Places of distribution
3. Methods of food preservation
4. Cultural values of different cooking methods
5. Changing dietary boundaries between communities

Members are welcome to contribute!

For the first time this year, we organize in Lyon a workshop for students and professionnals to teach them archaeological and archaeometric approaches to Eastern Mediterranean Medieval pottery.
The workshop includes both methodological and practical courses with pottery corpuses.

Program (in French)

Contact: Yona Waksman

Mon, 27/01/2014 (All day) to Thu, 30/01/2014 (All day)
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