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Part 3 of the documentary series "The journey of food" focuses on the Byzantine period. Several members of the POMEDOR network, especially the historians Ilias Anagnostakis and Béatrice Caseau, contributed to it.

Scenes were shot at the Bocuse Institute during the preparation of the POMEDOR conference diner, where Sally Grainger, who designed the recipes with the input of Ilias Anagnostakis and Andrew Dalby, worked together with the chefs and a team of international students.

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Presentation of the series on the Anemon productions website

What are the origins of Greek food? How did geography, climate,...

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...

A new POMEDOR intern, Lucie Courbe, is currently working in the framework of her MA Thesis with S.Y. Waksman in Lyon's laboratory, on the Byzantine and Ottoman Pottery Production of Athens.
The material under study comes from the American Excavations in the Athenian Agora and will be published by J.A.C. Vroom (Leiden University) and her team. It gave evidence for pottery manufacture in Athens Agora at the Ottoman period. Lucie will characterize this production by chemical analysis and investigate the hypothesis of an earlier one, typologically related to the MBP (Main Middle Byzantine Pottery, see ...

Within the rapidly expanding area of research on food and foodways, the medieval eastern Mediterranean is still very much an unexplored area. The aim of the POMEDOR project was to explore this new field in a multidisciplinary way and to stimulate further research. Although the project focused primarily on food and foodways approached through archaeological and archaeometric studies of pottery - from transport amphorae to serving dishes, through food processing utensils, cooking wares, and wares used in food production processes - the conference encompassed a wider field, including historical, archaeozoological, archaeobotanical and anthropological studies.

Case studies in Greece, Turkey, Israel,...

19/05/2016 (All day) to 21/05/2016 (All day)

The European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics is a biennial conference convening scholars and young researchers with diverse academic backgrounds both from humanities and science. The scope of the meeting is to promote interdisciplinary and integrated studies of ancient ceramics covering various aspects from production, dissemination and use, and up to post-depositional alteration and conservation. Methodological developments, new approaches and scientific progress are presented in terms of analytical and measuring techniques, data processing and interpretation.

The conference will be held at the auditorium of the New Acropolis Museum, which is situated in the ancient centre of...

24/09/2015 (All day) to 26/09/2015 (All day)

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...

Yona Waksman and Alessandra Pecci, together with Nikos Kontogiannis, Giannis Vaxevannis, Stephie Skartsis from the Byzantine Ephoria of Chalkida, investigate medieval Byzantine amphorae for their origins and contents.

Byzantine and Ottoman table wares were also selected for analysis in the material of the American Excavations in the Athenian Agora, in collaboration with Joanita Vroom and Elli Tsavella, to investigate the pottery production in Athens in these periods.

Sat, 26/04/2014 (All day) to Sat, 10/05/2014 (All day)

The first POMEDOR meeting was mainly devoted to archaeological contexts and categories of ceramics which will be selected for investigation during the project. After a general presentation of the POMEDOR project and of its tools for collaborative research (Y. Waksman), precisions regarding the different methods of analyses (elemental, petrographic, residues analysis) and sampling specificities were given (A. Shapiro, Y. Waksman, A. Pecci). Regional presentations of sites and ceramic material were given by the regional coordinators J. Vroom (Turkey, Greece), E.J. Stern (Israel) and S. Gabrieli (Cyprus), with a summary of previous archaeometric studies by A. Vokaer, A. Shapiro and Y....

11/02/2013 (All day)
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