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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...

Aybüke Öztürk will defend her PhD thesis in IT, carried out under the supervision of Stéphane Lallich, Jérôme Darmont and Yona Waksman, on July 9th 2018:

"Design, implementation and analysis of a description model for complex archaeological objects"

Aybüke contributed to the POMEDOR project and to the new design of the ceramics database of Lyon laboratory, which is one of the largest database of chemical data of archaeological ceramics in Europe. The new model includes a full description of pottery samples - text description, drawings, photos of objects and of fabrics under the binocular, 3D models... - together with analytical...

Mon, 09/07/2018 (All day)

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)

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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,...

A meeting organized by the "Databases and reference collections" working group of the CAI-RN network of French archaeological scientists gave the opportunity to present ongoing developments in Lyon's ceramics database, one of the largest European one for chemical data of archaeological ceramics. It is presently extended to 2D images and 3D models, with further developments re. data modeling, mining and sharing:

"Conserver, enrichir, exploiter, interconnecter : développements en cours de la base de données céramologiques de Lyon", S.Y. Waksman

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Program of the meeting...

Wed, 15/03/2017 (All day)


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