via University of Tübingen, 01 August 2023: Scientists from The Role of Culture in Early Expansions of Humans Research Center have compiled a database, ROAD, containing information on 2,400 prehistoric sites and 24,000 assemblages from over 100 ancient cultures, freely available for researchers and the public, summarizing 150 years of research in archaeology, anthropology, paleontology, and botany. There are some Southeast Asian sites represented. The paper introducing the database can be found here, and the database here. I’ve added the database to the data repositories page.
ROAD, the “ROCEEH Out of Africa Database”, represents one of the largest digital collections of information about archaeology, anthropology, paleontology and botany based on 150 years of research history, says Dr. Andrew Kandel, University of Tübingen. By joining information about cultural remains, human fossils, animal bones and plants into a unified geographical and chronological framework, the team created a tool that helps analyze the complex aspects of human evolution.
Since 2008 an international team of six scientists and dozens of research assistants painstakingly compiled the data. More than 5,000 publications in multiple languages were analyzed, including Chinese, Russian, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.