Data Repositories and References

To cite this page: Tan, Noel Hidalgo (2021, updated 21 October 2023) Data Repositories and References. Southeast Asian Archaeology. Available at:
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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. A full index of links can be found in the Resources page which have links sorted by themes, including the original form of data repositories, Libraries. If you have a link to suggest, please get in touch! Don’t forget to also check out the other resource pages found in this site:

Online Lecture Library
A searchable collection on publicly-available lectures
Virtual Archaeology
Archaeological sites and museums you can visit online
Journals and Scholarly Research
Scholarly research and a list of Southeast Asian archaeology journals
Archaeological Projects in Southeast Asia
A list of past and present archaeological project websites
Tools and Software
Field work equipment and digital tool recommendations, with many available for free.
Job postings, scholarships and funding opportunities
Job postings, scholarships and funding opportunities
  • 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.
  • – 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.
  • Angkor Archive – Digital archive run by the Angkor International Center of Documentation of the APSARA Authority.
  • Angkor Database – Online resource by MAADS Living Cambodia in association with Templation Angkor Hotel Siem Reap, holding a collection of digital and print books about Angkor.
  • 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.
  • ArThemis – Database by the University of Geneva containing case notes about art and cultural property disputes settled through alternative resolution methods or traditional judicial proceedings.
  • 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).
  • Banyan – EFEO’s Digital Library with over 10,000 documents online.
  • 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
  • Chinese Historical Place Name Directory – A website by Academia Sinica with a searchable database of Chinese toponyms from the Ming Dynasty to present.
  • 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.
  • Cultural Map of Thailand – Interactive map showing this different kinds of tangible and intangible cultural heritage in Thailand.
  • The Database of the Restoration Work of the Southern Library of BayonBy a collaboration between Japan and the APSARA Authority.
  • Digital Historical Maps of Southeast Asia – Online resource by Yale-NUS collecting pre-1900 maps
  • 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
  • Globalise – Online project by the Huygens Institute and partners to digitise the archives of the Dutch East India Company (Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, VOC)
  • Google Scholar – Google’s search engine for academic research.
  • H. Otley Beyer Ethnographic Collection – Digital collection hosted by the National Library of the Philippines
  • 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.
  • Museum of Stone Tools – Online repository of scans of stone tools from around the world, including some examples from Indonesia.
  • Navanurak นวนุรักษ์ – Digital database by the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) documenting the natural and cultural heritage of Thailand.
  • Peter Brown’s Australian and Asian Palaeoanthropolgy Page – Resource page by Prof. Peter Brown, containing resources from Southeast Asia, East Asia and Australia.
  • Persée – Digital Open Access library of French scholarly journals
  • 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.
  • Primary Sources: History of Burma – Collection of links to historical primary sources related to Burma (Myanmar)
  • Primary Sources: History of the Malay World – Collection of links to historical primary sources related to Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei
  • 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.
  • – 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.

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