Dr Florence Liard

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British School at Athens
Fitch Laboratory
52 Souedias Street
Athens, 10676



  • Master in Archaeology and Art History, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium (2007). 
  • Master in History, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium (2008). 
  • PhD in History, Arts and Archaeology, Université Catholique de Louvain and Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique, Belgium (2015).


My research focuses on pottery traditions during times of ‘crisis’ in Greek Protohistory and History. By applying archaeometric analyses to selected ceramic assemblages, my aim is to identify how phenomena of widespread social, economic and political disruptions affected aspects of daily lives of the populations. 

My doctoral studies consisted in a petrographic analysis of pottery production and supply in Crete during the advanced Late Bronze Age, based on pottery finds at Malia and Sissi (northern Lassithi). More recently, I have combined thin section petrography with other archaeometric techniques to explore one question that emerged from this research – namely, an archaeological problem pertaining to the reconstruction of provenance and trade networks of ophiolite-tempered pottery, based on the lithological assemblages of the coarse tempers. 

As the Williams Fellow in Ceramic Petrology, I also study continuities and changes in pottery traditions in mainland Greece between the 12th and the 15th century AD. Using a comparative approach, special attention is given to the role of, respectively, Frankish rulers and settlers, and Italian trading powers, as potential catalysts in the transformation of pottery styles, production techniques, and supply strategies in Greece after the Fourth Crusade. With this project, I aim to contribute to the development of archaeometric research on Medieval Greek pottery at the Fitch Laboratory, while also broadening the scope of research to other geographical and cultural contexts through the study of pottery imports from Late Byzantine Anatolia, northern Italy, and Mamluk Syria.

Selected publications

  • Liard F., Macroscopic analysis of three Neopalatial and Postpalatial conical cup assemblages. Preliminary Remarks on the Late Bronze Age semi-fine fabrics at Sissi, in Excavations at Sissi. Preliminary Report on the 2009-2010 Campaigns (AegIS, 4), Driessen J. et al. (eds.), Presses Universitaires de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, 2011, p. 197-210.
  • Liard F., Petrographic analysis of three Neopalatial and Postpalatial conical cup assemblages, in Excavations at Sissi, III. Preliminary Report on the 2011 Campaign (AegIS, 6), Driessen J. et al. (eds.), Presses Universitaires de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, 2012, p. 169-184.
  • Liard F., Le cuivre chypriote et la Crète: Les régions d'importation des lingots "peau-de-bœuf", Revue Archéologique, vol. 49, 2010, n°1, p. 47-65.
  • Liard F., Ceramic petrography as a means for exploring the hidden workings of local communities in Postpalatial Crete, in Invisible Cultures. Historical and archaeological perspectives. Proceedings of the Conference held at the Università degli Studi di Trento in March 2013, Carrer F., Gheller V. (eds.), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Cambridge, 2015, p. 240-267.
  • Liard F., Mineral resources, potting techniques and social identities in Late Bronze Age Crete. Petrography of 40 conical cups from Sissi, in PHYSIS. Natural environment and human interaction in the prehistoric Aegean (14° International Aegean Conference), Touchais G., Laffineur R., Andreou S., Rougemont F., Procopiou H., Fouache E. (eds.), Peeters, Leuven, 2016, 505-508.
  • Liard F., Investigation on the microstructure and mineralogy of ceramics from Malia, Crete, in Coastal Landscapes, Mining Activities and Preservation of Cultural Landscapes. Proceedings of the International Conference held on Milos Island, 17-20 September 2014, Androulakis T., Stamatakis M., Evelpidou N. (eds.), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Cambridge, 13 p. (volume in preparation).
  • Liard F., Kondyli F., 14th-century glazed tablewares at Thebes, Boeotia. Unforeseen Italian connections in Frankish Greece, Objects and Possessions: Material Goods in a Changing World, 1200-1800, University of Southampton, UK, 3-6 April 2017.
  • Liard F., Koutsovitis P., Patterns of Production and Exchange of Pottery in the “South Coast” Fabric – A Mineralogical Study, South by Southeast. The History and Archaeology of Southeast Crete – from Myrtos to Kato Zakros, Pacheia Ammos, 1-2 July 2017.
  • Liard F., Kondyli F., Ceramic cooking pots and glazed bowls at Frankish Thebes, Boeotia. Tracing tastes and customs beyond political frontiers, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, UK, 3-6 July 2017.
  • Liard F., Technological aspects of pottery production at Frankish Thebes, Boeotia. First results obtained from a “bothros” assemblage on Ismenion Hill (early 14th c.), European Meeting in Ancient Ceramics 2017, Bordeaux, France, 6-9 September 2017.
  • Sanders G., Liard F., Venetian Commerce at Corinth: New Perspectives on Pottery Chronology as a Framework for the Archaeology of Renaissance in Greece, Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Boston, USA, 4-7 January, 2018.