Offre de thèse : Culinary traces of the past: Aegean-Balkan mobility and interaction at the dawn of urbanisation through an interdisciplinary study of cooking practices and pots (Athens)

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For this project, the successful candidate is expected to undertake a macroscopic study of cooking pot assemblages from excavated sites in coastal northern Greece, namely Toumba Thessaloniki, dated to the late 2nd and early 1st millennium BC. The aim will be to record vessel forms, technological features and traces of use, as a basis for the selection of representative samples for subsequent complementary analyses. Ceramic fabric compositional and textural characterisation through petrographic and elemental analysis will contribute to the reconstruction of technological traditions and mobility of such pots or of their manufacturers, while organic residue analysis will provide additional evidence for understanding cooking practices and their transformations though time. The successful candidate will be trained in the acquisition and integration of different strands of data (archaeological, scientific, contextual, but also experimental) in order to understand transformations in pottery technology and cooking practices/diet, using the extensive reference collection of the Fitch Laboratory of pottery and geological samples from the wider study area. The ultimate objective will be to discuss the data acquired in the context of the intense mobility and interaction attested in the region with other Aegean and Balkan communities during the so-called Mycenaean period through to the time of the first Greek colonies, resulting in significant socio-cultural and economic transformations and roles of the area’s communities. The successful applicant will be based at the Marc and Ismene Fitch Laboratory for science-based archaeology, an integral part of the British School at Athens. This is the position ESR12 within the PlaCe-ITN project: Interdisciplinary studies of pre-modern Plasters and Ceramics from the eastern Mediterranean.

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