Coline Lefrancq (b. 1986) has a MA in Archaeology and Art History (2009) from the Université libre de Bruxelles – ULB, Brussels, Belgium, a MA in Oriental Languages and Letters (2010) from the Université catholique de Louvain – UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, and a PhD in Archaeology, History and Art History (2015) from the Université libre de Bruxelles – ULB, Brussels, Belgium.

She has worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the École française d’Extrême-Orient – EFEO, Paris, France, and in the European Research Project ‘Asia. Beyond Boundaries: Religion, Region, Language and the State’.

Since 2010, she is involved in the French-Bangladeshi archaeological mission of Mahasthangarh, Bangladesh, and she is supervising the excavations program since 2014. During her formation process, she took part to several archaeological missions in Italy, in Syria and in Uzbekistan. Specialist of pottery, her main research interests include also the urbanisation in South Asia and the exchanges between South Asia and South-East Asia through the material culture with a focus on the period from the 6th c. to 14th c. CE.

She is a member of the Task-Force B (From the Deccan to Arakan) of the ERC DHARMA project. She will supervise the surveys and excavations conducted at Mahasthangarh and in its surroundings; she will encourage the sharing of expertise between the archaeological teams involved in the project; she will contribute to the creation of an archaeological atlas for the east part of the Indian peninsula.

Her hobbies are travelling, dancing, eating and enjoying life.

Selected publications

Forthc. “Pottery of ancient Bengal during the Early Medieval period”, in S. Sen, S. Varma, B.P. Sahu (eds.), The Archaeology of Early Medieval South Asia. Contesting Narrative from the Eastern Ganga-Brahmaputra Basin (Essays in Honour of Professor Brajadulal Chattopadhaya), New Delhi: Routledge.

Forthc. [with Hawkes J., C.M. Jaseera, Biswas N., Mohanty R.K.] “A Typology of Practice: The Archaeological Ceramics from Mahurjhari”, in Internet Archaeology.

Forthc. [with Mohanty R.K., Hawkes J., Abbas R.] “Report on the Dating of the Historical Period Site at Mahurjhari, Vidarbha”, in Heritage: Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies in Archaeology.

Forthc. “Circulation of Pots and People. Reflections on Trade-mark Potteries: from Bengal to South-East Asia”, in K. Hall, R. Mukherjee, S. Ghosh (eds.), Cross-Cultural Networking in the Indian Ocean Realm, c. 100-1800, New Delhi: Primus Press.

Forthc. “2013-2015 Excavations at Mahasthangarh, Bangladesh. Preliminary results of the third phase of the France-Bangladesh cooperation”, in Proceedings of the European Association for South Asian Archaeology and Art 2016.

Forthc. “The pottery from Mazar excavations at Mahasthangarh (Bangladesh) and its implications for the Early Medieval Period of Ancient North Bengal”, in Proceedings of the European Association for South Asian Archaeology and Art 2014.

Forthc. “Results relating to pottery of ‘Gauda era’ from the Mazar area in Mahasthangarh, Bangladesh”, in Proceedings of the International Seminar “Towards an Archaeology of Gauda?”, Indian Museum, Kolkata, and Institut de Chandernagor (18-19 février 2013)

2016 “Northern Black Polished Ware versus Fine Black Slipped Ware: towards a new designation for the ‘NBPW of the second generation’ in Bengal”, in Puravritta, under the aegis of Directorate of Archaeology and Museums, Govt. of West Bengal, Vol. 1, pp. 1-26.

2013 “Aperçu de la céramique d’époque kouchane à partir du matériel issu du ‘complexe cultuel’ de Termez”, in Annales d’Histoire de l’Art & d’Archéologie, Vol. 35, pp. 87-106.