Dr. Joanita Vroom

  • Associate professor
  • Byzantine archaeology
  • Islamic archaeology
  • Ottoman archaeology
  • Ceramics
  • Dining habits and cuisine

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 6087
E-Mail: j.a.c.vroom@arch.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Archeologie, World Archaeology, Archaeology of the Near East
Office Address: Van Steenis gebouw
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number B115
Personal Homepage: archaeology.leiden.edu/​organisation/​staff/​vroomjac.html

Research interests

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Joanita Vroom specializes 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.

She has studied many major collections of Medieval and Post-Medieval pottery in the eastern Mediterranean, and is active as pottery specialist for international excavations and surveys in Albania (e.g., Butrint, Apollonia, Durrës, Rembeç), in Greece (e.g., Aetolia, Athens, Boeotia, Thebes, Kythera, Antikythera), in western Turkey (e.g., Ephesus, Limyra), in eastern Turkey (e.g., Tarsus, Avkat/Euchaita, Kalehöyük, Horum Höyük, Zeytinli Bahçe), in the Ukraine (e.g., Chersonesos) and in Cyprus (e.g., Troodos Mountains). Until now, she has been working with 23 universities (12 European, 11 non-European) and 13 scientific institutes (8 European, 5 non-European).

List of international projects
List of publications

Short CV

She graduated with two MA degrees at Utrecht University (both in Archaeology and History), and completed her PhD in Mediterranean Archaeology of the Medieval and Post-Medieval periods at Leiden University (2003). Subsequently, Vroom was senior research fellow at the Institute of World Archaeology of the University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK), at the Research Centre for Anatolian Civilizations of Koç University (Istanbul, TR) and at the Department of Archaeology of the University of Sheffield (UK). In 2011 she organized the ‘First Amsterdam Meeting on Byzantine and Ottoman Archaeology’ at the University of Amsterdam on the current state of Medieval and Post-Medieval archaeology in the Mediterranean area. To mark this event, she organized the simultaneous exhibition ‘Life among Ruins’ at the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam, highlighting the complex relation throughout the ages between archaeological remains and daily life in the Mediterranean. The ‘Life among Ruins’ exhibition is still on show online: Life Among Ruins. Furthermore, Vroom was involved in advising various major exhibitions (e.g., in the Museum Boymans- van Beuningen in Rotterdam). She is currently contributing author of ‘The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity’ and ‘The Cambridge Handbook to Byzantine Archaeology’, and series editor of the series ‘Medieval and Post-Medieval Mediterranean Archaeology’ at Brepols Publishing House (Turnhout, BE).

Current research project

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). More information.


Earlier she published her Ph.D. thesis After Antiquity. Ceramics and Society in the Aegean from the 7th to the 20th century A.C.  A Case Study from Boeotia, Central Greece (Leiden, 2003) in the Archaeological Studies Series of Leiden University (NL), and a second monograph with the title Byzantine to Modern Pottery in the Aegean. An Introduction and Field Guide (Utrecht, 2005).

After Antiquity. Ceramics and Society in the Aegean from the 7th to the 20th centuries A.C. A Case Study from Boeotia, Central Greece (Archaeological Studies Leiden University 10), Leiden, 2003.

Byzantine to Modern Pottery in the Aegean: An Introduction and Field Guide, Utrecht, 2005.

With Fotini Kondyli she published the exhibition catalogue Life among ruins (Utrecht, 2011).

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