Joanita Vroom


Joanita Vroom is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University (NL), specializing in Medieval and Post-Medieval archaeology in the eastern Mediterranean. She takes a particular interest in the social-economic (production and distribution) and cultural aspects (cuisine and dining habits) of ceramics. Her application in 2009 for a substantial research project with the title ‘Material Culture, Consumption and Social Change: New Approaches to Understanding the Eastern Mediterranean during Byzantine and Ottoman Times’ was accepted by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) in the form of a prestigious 5-years VIDI-grant (2010-2015).
Earlier she published After Antiquity. Ceramics and Society in the Aegean from the 7th to the 20th century A.C. (Leiden, 2003), Byzantine to Modern Pottery in the Aegean. An Introduction and Field Guide (Utrecht, 2005; Turnhout, 2014), Medieval and Post-Medieval Ceramics in the Eastern Mediterranean – Fact and Fiction (MPMAS 1) (Turnhout, 2015), as well as many book chapters and articles in academic journals: see Since 1998 she has published various articles and book chapters on the relation between archaeology and eating habits. Her most recent publication on this subject is the volume Medieval MasterChef. Archaeological and Historical Perspectives on Eastern Cuisine and Western Foodways (Turnhout, 2016).

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