Dr Noémi Müller

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British School at Athens
Fitch Laboratory
Souedias 52
Athens, 10676



Education

MSc, Chemistry: ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich), Switzerland

PhD, Archaeology: University of Sheffield, UK

 

Research

Noémi is responsible for the chemical analysis unit at the Fitch Laboratory. This includes the development of analytical protocols for the WD-XRF, ensuring the smooth implementation of chemical analyses in the laboratory’s projects and collaboration in the integration of the analytical data with the results of petrographic, archaeological, ethnographic, and experimental data in order to reconstruct patterns of early ceramic production and circulation. 

She is interested in applying analytical methods to investigate inorganic archaeological artefacts and materials, focusing on the study of provenance and technology and with a special interest in archaeological ceramics. Apart from the application of chemical and mineralogical techniques to explore provenance, her research aims to address questions relating to the technological choices made in the production and consumption of ceramic vessels, in particular cooking ware. Within this area her research examines the affordance of utilitarian ceramics, using material testing to explore the influence of technological choices in manufacture on mechanical and thermal properties.


Selected publications

  • 2015, Ferrer, S.G., Müller, N.S., Kilikoglou, V., High-performance transport jars for long-distance trading during the 16th century, in: Global Pottery1. Historical Archaeology and Archaeometry for Societies in Contact (eds. J. Buxeda i Garrigós, M. Madrid I Fernández, J. G. Iñañez), BAR International Series 2761, Archaeopress, Oxford, 51-65.
  • 2015, Müller, N.S., Kilikoglou, V., Day, P.M., Home-made recipes: Tradition and Innovation in Bronze Age cooking pots from Akrotiri, Thera. Ceramics Cuisine and Culture, the Archaeology and Science of Kitchen Pottery in the Ancient Mediterranean World (eds. Spataro M., Villing A.), 37-48, Oxbow Books, Oxford.
  • 2015, Hein, A., Müller, N.S., Kilikoglou, V., Heating efficiency of archaeological cooking vessels: computer models and simulation of heat transfer, Ceramics Cuisine and Culture, the Archaeology and Science of Kitchen Pottery in the Ancient Mediterranean World (eds. Spataro M., Villing A.), 49-54, Oxbow Books, Oxford.
  • 2015,  Day, P.M., Cau-Ontiveros, M.A., Mas-Florit, C., Müller, N.S., A contextual ethnography of cooking vessel production at Pòrtol, Mallorca (Balearic Islands), Ceramics Cuisine and Culture, the Archaeology and Science of Kitchen Pottery in the Ancient Mediterranean World (eds. Spataro M., Villing A.), 55-64, Oxbow Books, Oxford.
  • 2015, Hein A., Karatasios I., Müller, N.S., Kilikoglou, V., 2015, Material properties of pyrotechnical ceramics used in the Bronze Age Aegean and implications on metallurgical technologies, Archaeometallurgy III, (eds. Hauptmann A., Modaressi-Tehrani, D.), 279-285, Der Anschnitt, Beiheft 26.
  • 2014, Müller, N.S., Kilikoglou, V., Day, P.M., Vekinis, G., Thermal shock resistance of tempered archaeological ceramics. In Craft and science: International perspectives on archaeological ceramics (ed. M. Martinón-Torres), 263-270, Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation, Doha, Qatar. DOI: 10.5339/uclq.2014.cas.ch28
  • 2014, Karatasios, I., Alexiou, K., Müller, N.S., Kilikoglou, V., Day, P.M. The second life of ceramics: a new home in a lime environment. In Craft and science: International perspectives on archaeological ceramics (ed. M. Martinón-Torres), 271-279, Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation, Doha, Qatar. DOI: 10.5339/uclq.2014.cas.ch29
  • 2013, Roumpou, M., Müller, N.S., Kalogeropoulos, N., Day, P.M., Nikolakopoulou, E., Kilikoglou, V., An interdisciplinary approach to the study of cooking vessels from Bronze Age Akrotiri, Thera. In: Pharos Supplements 1, Diet, Economy and Society in the Ancient Greek World (eds S. Voutsaki and S.M. Valamoti), 33-46, Peeters, Leuven.
  • 2012, Müller, N.S., Hein, A., Kilikoglou V., Day, P.M., Modelling of thermal stresses in prehistoric cooking ware. In Proceedings of the 5th Symposium of the Hellenic Society of Archaeometry (eds. N. Zacharias, M. Georgakopoulou, K. Polykreti, G. Fakorellis, and T. Bakoulis), 477-491, Papazisi Editions, Athens.
  • 2009, Müller, N.S., Kilikoglou V., Day, P.M., Hein, A., Vekinis, G., The influence of temper on performance characteristics of cooking ware ceramics. In Vessels: inside and outside, Proceedings of the conference EMAC'07, 9th European meeting on ancient ceramics (eds. K.T. Biró, V. Szilágyi, A. Kreiter), 145-150, Hungarian National Museum, Budapest.
  • 2009, Hein, A., Müller, N.S., Kilikoglou, V., Great pots on fire: thermal properties of archaeological cooking ware, in Vessels: inside and outside. Proceedings of the conference EMAC'07, 9th European meeting on ancient ceramics (eds. K.T. Biró, V. Szilágyi, A. Kreiter), 15-20, Hungarian National Museum, Budapest.