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 by HRAF anthropologists 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. 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. Learn more about the traditions covered in the database.
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.
Accessing eHRAF Archaeology
Access to the eHRAF Archaeology database requires membership (or temporary password). A free one-month trial for eHRAF Archaeology is available for interested individuals and a semester-long trial is available for institutions. Members of HRAF can benefit from a variety of free support and services including online info sessions for librarians, teaching support for faculty, online student exercises, and even customized webinars for student classes. Find out more or request a trial.