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Bérénice Bellina-Pryce


CNRS Researcher

Director of the French archaeological mission in Upper Thai-Malay Peninsula

Research Interests

My research focuses on exchange and cultural transfer processes around the Indian Ocean and more especially between the populations of the Bay en Bengal and of the the South China Sea. I use the technological analysis of industries as a means to comprehend socio-economic and political systems and to reconstruct the impact of long-distance exchange on ethnicity and identity construction.

Since 2005, I am the co-director of the Thai-French multi-disciplinary research programme in the Upper Thai-Malay Peninsula. The archaeological mission investigates the co-evolution of the different populations and ecosystems of the Peninsula in relation to long-distance exchange from the early/mid first millennium BC to the late first millennium AD. The project includes 12 permanent members and welcomes until about 20 students and researchers from Asia, Europe, America and New Zealand. The mission is funded by the sous-commission des fouilles of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the CNRS on the French side. On the Thai side, the co-directors are Cholawit Thongcharoenchaikit (Natural History Museum, National Science Museum) and Sachipan Srikanlaya (PhD Xiamen University). I collaborate with the National Science Museum and Museum of Natural History, Silpakorn University, the Fine Arts Department and the National Research Council of Thailand.

Since 2011, the Thai-French programme integrates several heritage-related projects due to its involvement in the creation of a local communities heritage centre in the region of Chumphon. This project combines social anthropology, technology, archaeology, history, botany and museology. One anthropological and archaeological collaborative work focuses on representations and uses of the past in contemporaneous Southeast Asia.

Recent bibliography, books


Bellina B.: Cultural Exchange between India and Southeast Asia. Production and distribution of hard stone ornaments (VI c. BC– VI c. AD), Editions de la Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, participation de l’Ecole Française d’Extrême-Orient et d’Epistèmes. Ouvrage sous la forme de deux supports : un cdrom qui comporte la construction scientifique sous forme logiciste et les données de base (contextes, présentation des corpus et des référentiels ethnoarchéologiques sur lesquels se fondent les interprétations) et un livre qui comporte la présentation de la problématique, de la méthode, des principaux résultats et les interprétations historiques. L’ouvrage est en anglais et comporte des résumés en français. Le cdrom est bilingue.


Bellina, B. & L. Bacus & T.O. Pryce & J. Wisseman Christie: 50 years of Archaeology in Southeast Asia: Essays in honour of Ian Glover. Bangkok and London, River Books, 320p.

Recent bibliography, articles & book chapters


- B. Bellina (éd.): The archaeology of prehistoric trans-Asiatic exchange: technological and settlement evidence from Khao Sam Kaeo, dossier spécial avec introduction dans Bulletin de l’Ecole Française d’Extrême-Orient 93 (2006), p. 249-390.
- B. Bellina: The archaeology of prehistoric trans-Asiatic exchange: technological and settlement evidence from Khao Sam Kaeo, présentation Bulletin de l’Ecole Française d’Extrême-Orient 93 (2006), p. 249-55.
- B. Bellina and P. Silapanth: “Weaving cultural identities on trans-asiatic networks: Upper Thai-Malay peninsula early socio-political landscape”, p. 257-83.
- Pryce, O., B. Bellina and A. Bennett: “The development of metallurgies in the Upper Thai-Malay peninsula: Initial interpretation of the archaeometallurgical evidence from Khao Sam Kaeo”, p. 295-315.


Bellina, B. & Ian C. Glover: The earliest iconographic and archaeological evidence for animal and cultural transfers between South and Southeast Asia, in Balbir, N. and G.J. Pinault, Penser, dire et représenter l’animal dans le monde indien, Paris, Librairie Honoré Champion, p.383-401.


Murillo-Barrosso, M., Pryce, T. O., Bellina, B. & Martinon-Torres, M.: Khao Sam Kaeo – an archaeometallurgical crossroads for trans-asiatic technological traditions. Journal of Archaeological Science 37(7): 1761-72.


- Bellina, B. Echanges préhistoriques et hybridations culturelles entre l’Est de l’Océan indien et la Mer de Chine, articles mis en ligne en novembre sur : http://www.reseau-asie.com/colloque... et Actes du Congrès Réseau Asie & Pacifique 2011.
- Bellina, B., Favereau, A. et Epinal, G. « Les circulations en Mer de Chine à la fin de la préhistoire » Latitude France, 30 novembre 2011, http://www.latitudefrance.org/Les-c...
- Castillo, C. “Diffusion of rice during the prehistoric period”, Latitude France, le 22 décembre 2011, http://www.latitudefrance.org/Diffu....


- Glover, IC and Bellina, B.: “Ban Don Ta Phet and Khao Sam Kaeo: the Earliest Indian Contact Reassessed”, in Manguin, P.-Y. and Mani (eds.). Early Interactions between South and Southeast Asia: Reflections on Cross-Cultural Exchange. Singapore, New Delhi: ISEAS, Manohar, p. 17-45.
- Dussubieux, L., Lankton J., Bellina, B. & Chaisuwan Boonyarit. Early Glass Trade in South and Southeast Asia: New insights from two coastal sites, Phu Khao Thong in Thailand and Arikamedu in South India, in Proceedings of the European Association of Archaeologist in Southeast Asia conference held in Berlin in September 2010.
- Bellina, B. Epinal, G. & Favereau, A: « Caractérisation préliminaire des poteries marqueurs d’échanges en Mer de Chine Méridionale à la fin de la préhistoire » Archipel 84, p.7-33.


- Biggs, L. Bellina, B, Martinón-Torres, M. and. T.O. Pryce. Prehistoric iron production technologies in the Upper Thai-Malay Peninsula: metallography and slag inclusion analyses of iron artefacts from Khao Sam Kaeo and Phu Khao Thong. Archaeological and Anthropological Science, 5(4): 311-29.
- Bellina, B. The Philippines and the circulation and exchanges in the South China Sea during the Late Prehistoric period. In Constance de Monbrison et Corazon S. Alvina (eds). Philippines, archipel of exchanges, Paris: Actes Sud et Musée du quai Branly, p.60-67.
- Bellina, B. Circulation et échanges en Mer de Chine à la fin de la préhistoire, Philippines. In Constance de Monbrison et Corazon S. Alvina (eds). Philippines, archipel des échanges, Paris: Actes Sud et Musée du quai Branly, p. 61-65
- Pryce, T.O., Baron, S., Bellina, B. et al. More questions than answers: the Southeast Asian Lead Isotope Project 2009-2012. Journal of Archaeological Science 42 (2014) 273-294.


- Bellina, B. et al.[Praon Silapanth, Boonyarit Chaisuwan, Cholawit Thongcharoenchaikit, Jane Allen, Vincent Bernard, Brigitte Borell, Phaedra Bouvet, Cristina Castillo, Laure Dussubieux, Julie Malakie LaClair, Sachipan Srikanlaya, Sophie Peronnet, Thomas Oliver Pryce] (January 2014). The Development of Coastal Polities in the Upper Thai-Malay Peninsula in the Late First Millennium BCE. In N. Revire and S. Murphy (eds) Before Siam was Born: New Insights on the Art and Archaeology of Pre-Modern Thailand and its Neighbouring Regions. Bangkok: River Books, p. 68-89.
- Bellina, B. Southeast Asia and the Early Maritime Silk Road, in J. Guy (ed) Lost Kingdoms of Early Southeast Asia: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture 5th to 8th century, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, p.22-25.
- Borell, B., Bellina B. and Boonyarit Chaisuwan (January 2014). Contacts with the Mediterranean World in the Early Centuries CE. The Evidence from Greaco-Roman Intaglios and Pendants. In N. Revire and S. Murphy (eds) Before Siam was Born: New Insights on the Art and Archaeology of Pre-Modern Thailand and its Neighbouring Regions. Bangkok: River Books, p. 98-117.
- Bellina, B. Maritime Silk Roads’ ornament industries: socio-political practices and cultural transfers in the South China Sea. Cambridge Journal of Archaeology 24(3): 345-77.

sous presse

- Bellina, B. The inception of the trans-national processes between the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea from an early city-state on the Thai-Malay Peninsula (4th-2nd c. BCE), Proceedings of the International Conference “The ports of the Indian Ocean, from the Red Sea to the Gulf of Bengal”. In Boussac M.-F., Roychoudhury, S., Salles J.-F. and J.-B. Yon (eds), Primus Books, Delhi.
- Pryce, T. O., Murillo, M., Bellina, B., & Martinón-Torres, M. (in press). Khao Sam Kaeo - an Archaeometallurgical Crossroads for Trans-Asiatic Technological Traditions. In Sharada, S. and Ranganathan, S (Eds.) Proceedings of the 7th Beginnings of the Use of Metals and Alloys conference, Bangalore, India, 13th to 17th September 2009.
- Bellina, B. Was there a late prehistoric integrated Southeast Asian maritime space? Insight from settlements and industries. In A. Acri and Alexandra Landmann (ed.) Cultural Transfers in Historical Maritime Asia: Austronesian-Indic Encounters, Singapore: Institute of South-East Asian Studies.
- Vallard, A., Bellina, B. and O. Evrard. « Cristalliser l’histoire. La seconde vie des perles préhistoriques en Thaïlande péninsulaire», Artefact. Techniques, histoire et sciences humaines (Hors-Série).

13 April 2015

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