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Byzantine to Modern Pottery in the Aegean

An Introduction and Field Guide, Second and Revised Edition

Joanita Vroom

  • Pages: 224 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:130 b/w, 178 col., 2 tables b/w.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2014

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-55314-6
  • Paperback
  • Available

An indispensable guide for each and every archaeologist and field worker in the Aegean area.


« A mine of information – likely to be the daily fare of fieldworkers. » – Antiquity

« Remarkably user-friendly and ground-breaking. – This publication fills a black hole in Mediterranean archaeology. » – Minerva     

“This is (…) an extremely useful field guide to ceramics in the post-Roman Aegean. It is exceptionally well-illustrated, well cross-referenced, and goes well beyond earlier studies (…) The appearance of this book and its revised second edition mark a serious gap-filling exercise (…) this is surely a book all Eastern Mediterranean field projects should have on their laboratory shelves, and it is a gift for teaching in this long and previously neglected era of post-Roman archaeology. The author is to be congratulated on its design and content.” (John Bintliff, in Journal of Greek Archaeology, 2, 2017, p. 456)


Joanita Vroom is currently Associate Professor at the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University (NL). She is an internationally renowned specialist in Medieval and Post-Medieval archaeology in the eastern Mediterranean (from the 7th to the 20th centuries after Christ), and takes a particular interest in the social-economic aspects (production and distribution) and the cultural aspects (cuisine and dining habits) of Byzantine, Islamic, Ottoman and Early Modern ceramics.


Byzantine to Modern Pottery in the Aegean is the first general introduction and easy-to-use field guide for Medieval and Post-Medieval pottery in this part of the Mediterranean. It encompasses ca. 80 wares most commonly found during excavations, surveys and in museums, dating from the 7th century until the 20th century. This book opens up a neglected area of Mediterranean archaeology for fieldworkers and everybody who is interested in the history of the Aegean after the Roman era. Whether ceramic specialists involved in processing pottery, students or readers with a general interest, all will find here a much needed overview and reference work for Post-Classical ceramics in the Aegean region.

Byzantine to Modern Pottery in the Aegean offers a detailed description of the most important wares from the Early Byzantine period, the Middle Byzantine period, the Late Byzantine/Frankish period, the Turkish/Venetian period to the Modern period. In addition, it includes a discussion of the chronological problems, an overview of the main shapes of wares in the Aegean, as well as a glossary of technical terms and the essential literature for each period.

This indispensable book guides archaeologists, field workers and everyone interested in the Medieval past of the eastern Mediterranean ware by ware through 12 centuries of ceramic artefacts and human activity.



PART I: Byzantine to Modern Pottery in the Aegean: An Outline


Description of the Wares

Problems of Chronology

Important Historical Dates, 527-1945 AD

Main Shapes: Table Wares and Kitchen Wares

Map of the Eastern Mediterranean

Map of the Aegean

Key to Identification of Byzantine to Modern Pottery

PART II: Byzantine to Modern Pottery in the Aegean: A Survey

Early Byzantine Period (ca. 7th-9th Centuries)

Middle Byzantine Period (ca. 10th-Late 12th/Early 13th Centuries)

Late Byzantine/Frankish Period (ca. 13th-Mid 15th Centuries)

Turkish/Venetian Period (ca. Late 15th-18th Centuries)

Early Modern Period (ca. 19th-Mid 20th Centuries)


Select Bibliography

List of Figures

List of Tables

Overview of all Wares

About the Author