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Life & Work in a Byzantine Industrial Hub

Friday 28 April 2017 - Saturday 29 April 2017
Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden

Chalkis as an Archaeological Hotspot in Medieval Europe (1000-1500)

On the 28th and 29th of April, Dr Joanita Vroom will host a workshop called ‘Life & Work in a Byzantine Industrial Hub: Chalkis as an Archaeological Hotspot in Medieval Europe (1000-1500)’. This event aims to bring several researchers together, who will present their own research in order to explore the topic. During the workshop the development and the preliminary results of the research in Chalkis, Greece, will be discussed, in order to move to a final publication.

On Friday the 28th, the workshop, with a full-day programme of lectures and discussions, will take place at the Institute for History of Leiden University (Doelensteeg 16) in the city-center of Leiden.

On Saturday the 29th, we will continue the lectures and discussions at the Wereldmuseum (Willemskade 25) in Rotterdam. Hereafter, we would like to invite you to a food-related exhibition in the museum, called ‘I cook, therefore I am’. Objects from the Faculty of Archaeology of Leiden University are currently on display, such as an Assyrian bowl from excavations at Tell Sabi Abyad (Syria) containing ancient garlic of 4000 years old. After the visit to the exhibition, Dr Joanita Vroom and her students will organize a ‘Taste Lab’, where one can look, taste and describe dishes and drinks of Byzantine and Crusader cuisines.

Friday, April 28

Location: Institute for History, Huizinga building, Doelensteeg 16, Leiden.

Room: Hui025

11:00 – 11:15

Walk in, coffee & tea


11:15 – 11:45

Short welcome, some words of

Dr Kalamara (Director of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Euboea)


Exploring Life & Work in the Byzantine Empire: Chalkis as an Industrial Case-study

Joanita Vroom

11:45 – 12:15

Glazed Pottery of the Chalkis Project (2013-2016)

Mink van Ijzendoorn

12:15 – 13:00

A Physico-Chemical Study of Glazed Byzantine and Post- Byzantine Pottery from the Aegean: The Case-Study of  Chalkis

Manto Panagopoulou

13:00 – 14:00



Room: Hui027

14:00 – 14:45

Technology and Organization of the Metalworkers in Urban Environment in the Late Antiquity. A case-study on non-ferrous metalworking in early Byzantine Ephesos. Artisans at work

Dávid Schwarcz

14:45 –  15:30

‘The Excavation of Orionos Street at Chalkis, Euboea’

Presentation of Yiannis Vaxevannis by Joanita Vroom

15:30 – 16:00

"Export through amphorae, but also keep for yourself": Transport, storage and serving vessels in Byzantine Chalkis (Greece, 10th-13th centuries).

Elli Tzavella

16:30 – 17:30

Drinks at Pakhuis

Doelensteeg 8


Speakers Dinner


Saturday, April 29

Location: Wereldmuseum (Worldmuseum) Rotterdam, Willemskade 25

Room: Elie van Rijckevorselzaal

11:15 – 11:30

Walk in, coffee & tea


11:30 – 11:50

‘Glazed White Ware in the picture. Its distribution and iconography’

 Katelin Post

11:50 – 12:15


Vivian van der Werf ?

12:15 – 13:00

‘Cooking and Consuming during the Middle to Late Byzantine Period in the Aegean: The Case-Study of Chalkis’

Marten van Nieuwkoop

13:00 – 13:45



13:45 – 14:30

A Multidisciplinary approach to the Late Byzantine Greek Diet, the first including zooarchaeological data’

Janine van Noorden

14:30 – 15:00

A Matter of Taste: The Experiment of a Byzantine Taste Lab’

Zizi Rico Neves

15:00 – 16:00

Exhibition visit ‘I Cook Therefore I Am’


16:00 – 17:00

Byzantine & Crusader Taste Lab


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