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The cooking devices of Apollonia Pontica (Bulgaria) : preliminary study of the specificities of the ceramic assemblage of this Greek colony

Abstract : Common wares, more particularly those connected to the kitchen, were, until recently, more or less left aside during the ceramological research in the ancient Greek world. Therefore, publications of this material are rare. Nevertheless, the study of kitchen ceramics allows us, in particular, to try to characterise the food practices and to approach the diverse processes of cooking used by Greek societies. Thus, here we wish to draw attention to cooking equipment (grills, brazier, fire plates, supports and/or domestic ovens, etc.) discovered recently in Apollonia Pontica, during the excavation of the necropolis of Kalfata as well as in the urban sector (plots UPI-XI-XII 515). Indeed, Apollonia seems to present a singular assemblage of cooking equipment because these ceramics are typologically little diversified, while the types known and in use in the Greek world are rather numerous. By placing these discoveries in their context, it is also possible to raise the problem of the characterisation of various levels of cooking, by the association with functional spaces, well characterised, and thus to link the analysis of this material and the social and/or religious specificities of certain forms of culinary preparations. Therefore, we might also shed light on the nature of the relationships within these societies.
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Laurent Claquin. The cooking devices of Apollonia Pontica (Bulgaria) : preliminary study of the specificities of the ceramic assemblage of this Greek colony. Tsetskhladze Gocha. R., Avram Alexandru, Hargrave James. The Danubian Lands between the Black, Aegean and Adriatic Seas (7th Century BC - 10th Century AD). Proceedings of the Fifth International Congress on Black Sea Antiquities (Belgrade – 17-21 September 2013), Archaeopress, p. 481-489, 2015, Archaeopress Archaeology, 978-1-78491-192-8. ⟨halshs-01297713⟩

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