A list of archaeological databases, digital archives, and reference guides for research in Southeast Asian archaeology
These pages usually link to external sites that were active at the time of posting; sometimes websites may be temporarily down or may have reorganised their underlying architecture or have even closed down – in these cases the links may not be available. Unless stated, I have no connection with the organisations or entities in these links or control over their content. They are sorted alphabetically, but you should also explore the Resources page which have links sorted by themes. If you have a link to suggest, please get in touch!
Don’t forget to also check out the Virtual Archaeology page where you can visit Southeast Asian archaeological sites online, or learn something from the Online Lecture Library, or find recent academic papers for more up-to-date research.
- AATA Online – Run by the Getty Conservation Institutue, AATA Online is a free research database containing abstracts of literature related to the preservation and conservation of material cultural heritage.
- Academia.edu – A social network for academics. Many academics choose to store a copy of their research on their profile page, so if you find a paper that is pay-walled, you might possibly find the author here and request a copy direct from them.
- Acronyms used by Asian/Pacific Scholars: a Dictionary – Maintained by Ciolek and Noyce at the Research School of Asian and Pacific Studies at the Australian National University in Canberra, this is a comprehensive A-Z web resource for scholars in the Asian and Pacific region. Note that the abbreviation for this website is SEAArch.
- Angkor Archive – Digital archive run by the Angkor International Center of Documentation of the APSARA Authority.
- Antique Maps, Views and Plans featuring the Kessler Collection – A collection of maps of the Asia-Pacific region dating from the 17th century in the Australian National University Open Research collection.
- Archaeological Ethics Database – This database is an ongoing project by the Register of Professional Archaeologists (the Register) and the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA). The goal of the database is to bring together sources on archaeological ethics in a single place for the use of students, researchers, and professional archaeologists.
- Atlas of Mutual Heritage – A database with information, maps, drawings, prints and paintings of locations related to the Dutch East India Company (Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, VOC) and the West-Indische Compagnie (WIC).
- Charles Higham’s Excavation Records: Prof. Charles Higham has made his excavation records of Ban Lum Khao, Ban Na Di, Ban Non Wat, Khok Phanom Di, Noen U-Loke, Non Ban Jak, Non Muang Kao anf Nong Nor publicly available for re-use (with attribution).
- A Chinese Gazetteer of Foreign Lands: A new translation of Part 1 of the Zhufan zhi 諸蕃志 (1225) by Shao-yun Yang
- The Corpus of the Inscriptions of Campā – The Corpus of the Inscriptions of Campā is a publication of the École française d’Extrême-Orient, realized in collaboration with the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University. This project aims to recover, preserve, study and make accessible the corpus of inscriptions of ancient Campā (in present Việt Nam), written either in Sanskrit or in Old Cam.
- The Database of the Restoration Work of the Southern Library of Bayon – By a collaboration between Japan and the APSARA Authority.
- Digital Library of Lao Manuscripts – Containing images of over 12,000 Lao texts made available for study. Collaboration by the National Library of Laos, the University of Passau, and the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin Preußischer Kulturbesitz
- Digitising Thai-Mon palm-leaf manuscripts – A project under the British Endangered Archives Programme, a collection of scanned palm-leaf manuscripts.
- DREAMSEA – Online repository of Southeast Asian Manuscripts by the Center for the Study of Islam and Society (PPIM) Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta State Islamic University (UIN) Jakarta, Indonesia, in cooperation with the Centre for the Study of Manuscripts Culture (CSMC), University of Hamburg, Germany.
- EFEO Archives – Website of the physical archives of the École française d’Extrême-Orient in Paris, but they also have a sizeable collection of digital collections available to view online.
- EFEO Image archives – Archival images collected by the École française d’Extrême-Orient, available online.
- E. Moore Library – The E.Moore Library is a specialist collection focusing on the art, archaeology, anthropology, history and religion of Southeast Asia and neighbouring regions.
- France-Vietnam des patrimoines partagés en ligne – Online repository of shared French and Vietnamese documentary heritage, a collaboration between the National Libraries of France and Vietnam.
- Global Rock Art Database – A global database of rock art sites and projects run by PERAHU, Griffith University in Australia
- Google Scholar – Google’s search engine for academic research.
- Historical Ecology of the Mekong in a set of 5 diachronic maps – Open Access map by Marko Kallio and Veronica Walker Vadillo
- ICOMOS Documentation Centre – The ICOMOS Documentation Centre is the primary repository for the original documentation of the cultural and mixed (natural and cultural) properties that have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1978.
- Khastara – An online database of the National Library of Indonesia featuring collections related to the Nusantara region.
- Khmer Inscriptions Program – Online database of K-inscriptions. In French.
- Lan Sunnary Sound Archives – Page in French, sound recordings by Lan Sunnary, a Khmer student at the Faculty of Archeology of the Royal University of Fine Arts of Phnom Penh and refugee in France in 1970. His recordings capture lectures by Pou Saveros and Bernard Philippe Groslier.
- Malay Concordance Project – A searchable corpus of classical Malay texts.
- MERAL Portal – The MERAL Portal provides free and open access to research publications (from international and local journals, theses, conference papers, etc.) and to teaching and learning materials from Universities in Myanmar.
- Mao Kun Explorer – Visual guide to the 15th century Mao Kun map which stretches from China to the Indian Ocean.
- Peter Brown’s Australian and Asian Palaeoanthropolgy Page – Resource page by Prof. Peter Brown, containing resources from Southeast Asia, East Asia and Australia.
- The Philippine Registry of Cultural Property (PRECUP) is the repository of all information pertaining to cultural properties in the Philippines deemed significant to Philippine cultural heritage. It was established through Article V Section 4 of the National Heritage Act of 2009 Republic Act 10066.
- Researching Colonial History of the Malay World like a Millennial – Comprehensive list of digial resources curated by Simon Soon of the Cultural Centre, University of Malaya.
- Researchgate.net – Another social network for academics and a potential way to get papers that are paywalled by contacting them directly, if they have a profile on this page.
- SEA-ARK – This resource page disseminates published and unpublished reports pertinent to the pursuit of Southeast Asian Archaeology. Hosted in the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre (now Temasek History Research Centre) in the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore
- Silpakorn Online – The digital center for the Fine Arts Department of Thailand, where you can access and download publications and materials.
- (ABIA) – The ABIA Project is a global network of scholars co-operating on an annotated bibliographic database for publishers covering South and Southeast Asian art and archaeology.
- Southeast Asia in the Ming Shi-Lu – The Ming Shi-Lu is an open access resource to the annals of Ming China (1368 – 1644), in which place names and polities in Southeast Asia is featured greatly.
- – funded by the Henry Luce foundation and hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Museum, this website offers a web-based bibliography and a skeletal database.
- Southeast Asian Images & Text – A collection of teaching and research resources put together by the people at the University of Wisconsin. Contains a section of images of Angkor Wat.
- The Southeast Asian Treasure Connection – A website about shipwrecks, underwater treasure hunting and archaeology.
- Spatial Discovery – A collection of over 3,000 maps from the last 200 years organised by the National Library of Singapore.
- A Structured Corpus of Old Burmese Stone Inscriptions – This dataset is a structured corpus of Old Burmese stone inscriptions, largely based on material from the dataset ရှေးဟောင်းမြန်မာကျောက်စာများ Ancient Burmese Inscriptions, with additional material by Thein Tun and Tilman Frasch.
- UNESCO Database of National Cultural Heritage Laws
- Unesco Policy Monitoring Forum – The platform displays 2107 policies and measures from Periodic Reports of 102 countries submitted between 2012 and 2019.
- UNESCO World Heritage List – Alphabetical list of the World Heritage Sites on the UNESCO register.
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