Archaeological and Archaeometric Investigations of Cooking Wares in Frankish and Venetian Cyprus

Smadar Gabrieli, Sylvie Yona Waksman, Anastasia Shapiro, Alessandra Pecci

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The POMEDOR project in Cyprus studied the cooking wares that were used on the island during the 12th-16th centuries, with a focus on the 13th-14th centuries, from the annexation of the island to the Crusader Levant, up to a century after the fall of the last Crusader principalities. The goal was to better understand local production, to identify the sources of imports, and to investigate any development in the pottery of food and foodways that may be associated with the change in the political and cultural affiliation of the island. The study focused on sites in Paphos and Nicosia, and employed archaeometric analyses, including petrographic and chemical analysis of the pottery, as well as residue analysis of their contents. It was not possible to identify direct influence on food and foodways, or on local production as a result of the political changes and the import of new types of cooking wares, but certain changes do provide indirect evidence that such influence did exist.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMultidisciplinary Approaches to Food and Foodways in the Medieval Eastern Mediterranean
EditorsSylvie Yona Waksman
Place of PublicationLyon
PublisherMaison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée – Jean Pouilloux
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)978-2-35668-070-9
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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