Dr. Christina Makarona
Christina now works as associate teacher and laboratory manager at the International School Brussels
Christina obtained her PhD on Feb. 28th 2023 with a thesis titled "Geochemical proxies for the technological study of Late Bronze Age ceramics from south-western Cyprus" under the supervision of Philippe Claeys and Karin Nys
How were craftsmen manufacturing ceramics thousands of years ago in Cyprus and what does that tell us about these ancient societies
The study of ancient ceramics reveals valuable information about the technology available to the people who produced them. But, most importantly, it provides insights on the structure and the needs of the society that was using them. I use analytical techniques borrowed from material science and geochemistry to study the raw materials used by ancient potters in ancient Cyprus. By understanding their ceramic traditions and how they evolved I aim to eventually understand the relationships between different potting communities of the island.
Cyprus: ceramics from the Philia period (2500-2300 BC) and Late Bronze Age (1600-1200 BC)
microXRF, Sr and Pb isotope analysis, MC-ICP-MS