A 4-year project (2013 – 2016) has been approved by the ASI during Fall 2012. It is the first ever collaboration between the Archaeological Survey of India and a French team as well as the first planned archaeological project in Ladakh.
MAFIL (Mission Archéologique Franco-Indienne au Ladakh or Franco-Indian Archaeological Mission in Ladakh) is an international network of researchers concerned with the exploration, documentation and preservation of Ladakhi material culture.
MAFIL was initiated in 2007 in the form of informal contacts between L. Bruneau (associate professor, EPHE, Paris) and S.B. Ota (then regional director, ASI, Bhopal). These were formalized in 2012 by a bi-lateral cooperation project approved and supported by French and Indian authorities.
Other fields of research
In addition to the four-year project in Nubra, the members of the MAFIL pursue other research on the archaeology, the arts and the history of Ladakh