Professor to discuss ceramic innovation in medieval Europe


Dr. Florin Curta, professor of medieval history and archaeology at the University of Florida, will discuss medieval Europe clay pans Saturday, Sept. 17 at the University of North Florida.

His lecture, titled “Clay Pans and Pita Bread in Early Medieval Europe (6th to 7th century), from Spain to Eastern Europe,” will offer some possible answers to questions raised by the appearance of this innovation in ceramic assemblages throughout medieval Europe.

A number of 6th to 7th century sites recently excavated in Southern and Central Spain have produced evidence of hand-made, circular clay pans both on urban and rural sites. Such pans are also found, and in even greater numbers, from contemporary sites in Southern and Southwestern England, as well as Central and Eastern Europe.

Presented by The Archaeological Institute of America-Jacksonville Society, the lecture will be held in Building 51 at the University of North Florida. The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served afterward in the Archaeology Lab. On Saturday, parking is free, and faculty, staff, and vendor spaces are available to everyone.

For more information, contact Melva Price at (904) 241-9411 or or visit