I am an MSCA Early Stage Researcher based at the Fitch Laboratory for the next three years, in the context of the PlaCe International Training Network. My project is entitled ‘Culinary traces of the past: Aegean-Balkan mobility and interaction at the dawn of urbanisation in late 2nd and early 1st millennium BC through an interdisciplinary study of cooking pots and practices’. I will conduct this research towards the fulfillment of a PhD, registered at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne but also supported by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
My research focuses on cooking ware from Central Macedonia, in particular the settlement of Toumba Thessaloniki, from the Late Bronze Age to the Early Iron Age. Through an integrated study, combining macroscopic examination with laboratory analyses (petrography, elemental analysis and organic residue analysis) and experimentation, the aim is to understand the life cycle of these pots by putting emphasis on the chaînes opératoires, the culinary practices and the cultural mobility and interactions taking place in the area at the time.
I received a MA in Aegean prehistory from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. During my Master’s thesis on domestic fire installations in Bronze Age Crete, I developed a particular interest in cooking structures and culinary practices. My research interests lie in the study of ceramic technology, anthropology of technology and learning processes, but also households and daily life.