Prof. Sheila Mishra completed her graduate archaeology degree from Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada in 1976. Over the years, Sheila’s career has benefited from the interdisciplinary nature of her undergraduate program, providing a background not only in archaeology but also geography, biology, physics and anthropology. Her postgraduate degrees and further professional affiliation was with Deccan College, Pune, where she entered as an MA student in 1978 and retired as professor and head of department in 2015. Sheila has spent the last 40 years focusing on Indian Palaeolithic, and has excavated two key sites in her career: Morgaon in Maharashtra dating to the Acheulean, and Mehtakheri in Madhya Pradesh, a 48,000 year-old Late Palaeolithic site that produced evidence of microblade technologies. The two parallel investigations were amongst the most defined periods in Indian Prehistory, and have provided useful insights into human occupation and adaptation to the South Asian region. Recently, Sheila has turned her attention to problems of developing a better understanding of the poorly defined technological and economic developments that must have occurred in the enormous chronological gap between Acheulean (500 Ka) and blade industries (50 Ka) that existed in South Asia.