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Dr Jelena Živković is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Cyprus Institute STARC. In July 2019 she started working on the project ‘Byzantine and Ottoman ceramic workshops’ that is funded by the A.G. Leventis Foundation. This project aims to address place of ceramic workshops in urban and rural economies of the late medieval and post-medieval Eastern Mediterranean as well as changes in the production technology and craft organisation introduced by the Ottoman conquest. As part of this project, petrographic and chemical analyses of ceramics will be carried out on archaeological samples selected from several sites in the region. The project is developed in a collaboration with the Fitch Laboratory of the British School at Athens and the University of Cyprus.
Jelena received her PhD in Islamic Archaeology from UCL in 2019, MA in Archaeology of the Arab and Islamic Wold from UCL (2014) as well as MA (2011) and BA (2010) in Archaeology from Belgrade University. Her PhD presents the first archaeological study of Ottomanisation in the Balkans seen through technological changes of locally made ceramics in Belgrade between the 14th-17th centuries. In the past, Jelena undertook pilot projects dedicated to the production of ceramics and technology of a lead-barium glaze in Late Islamic Arabia and the chemical analysis of Iznik Ware from Ottoman Belgrade.