eHRAF Archaeology


eHRAF Archaeology is an award-winning online database with information on the prehistory of the world. This database, modeled after eHRAF World Cultures, is unique in that the information is organized into archaeological traditions and the text is subject-indexed according to HRAF’s modified Outline of Cultural Materials (OCM). This comprehensive subject retrieval system extends search capability well beyond keyword searching allowing for precise subject retrieval, even in foreign language texts.

eHRAF Archaeology is organized by regions and archaeological traditions. View Traditions Covered for a list of traditions currently included. Each tradition consists of a general summary and documents including books, journal articles, dissertations, and manuscripts. In total we have completed eight sequences, including the Egyptian, Highland Andean, Coastal Andean, Maya, Highland Mesoamerican, Mississippian, Mesopotamian, and the U.S. Southwest sequences. The Indus Valley sequence is currently undergoing completion.

The archaeological database provides researchers and students access to archaeological materials for comparative studies within and across regions. Traditions are selected by random sampling from the Outline of Archaeological Traditions compiled with the help of a distinguished Board of Advisors. To encourage historical and evolutionary analysis, the traditions prior to, and following, each tradition will be included in subsequent installments.

Access to the eHRAF Archaeology database requires membership (or temporary password). Check our list of member institutions to see if your institution is already a member of HRAF. A free one-month trial for eHRAF Archaeology is available for interested individuals and a semester-long trial is available for institutions.

To subscribe to eHRAF, individuals or institutions (colleges, universities, public libraries, museums, high schools, etc.) must first become part of the HRAF consortium. Contact HRAF for more information at 1-800-520-HRAF (4723), 203-764-9401, or