Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The ABIA Project (Annual Bibliography of Indian Archaeology)

[First posted in AWOL 1 April 2012, updated 26 March 2014]

The ABIA Project (Annual Bibliography of Indian Archaeology)
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. The project was launched in 1997 at the initiative of the International Institute for Asian Studies in Leiden, the Netherlands, in colloaboration with international scholars and Asian academic institutes. The project receives scientific support from UNESCO.
The database ABIA South and Southeast Asian Art and Archaeology Index is fully searchable and is freely accessible. Extracts from the database are also available in the form of printed bibliographies.

ABIA Index

The ABIA Index is a bibliographic database on South and Southeast Asian art and archaeology compiled by an international team of specialists. ABIA index supplies annotated and indexed entries on scholarly publications in Asian and European languages relating to prehistory, (proto)historical archaeology, art history (including modern art), material culture, epigraphy, palaeography, numismatics and sigillography. The ABIA Index continues the old Annual Bibliography of Indian Archaeology (ABIA).


The first issue of the Annual Bibliography of Indian Archaeology was published in Leiden in 1928 under the direction of the reknowned Sanskrit scholar and archaeologist, Prof. Jean Philippe Vogel. Its utility and importance made ABIA an impressive bibliographic series with a publication run over 50 years. Thanks to the support of the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), the Jan Gonda Foundation in Amsterdam and the Faculty of Arts of the Universiteit Leiden, ABIA was re-launched in 1997 as the globally networked ABIA Index.
ABIA Database
The ABIA Index covers publications on pre- and proto-historical archaeology, historical archaeology, ancient and modern art history, material culture, epigraphy, paleography, numismatics and sigillography of South and Southeast Asia and of culturally related regions: Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Tibet, the 'Silk Road', South China and the Pacific.

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The Index covers scholarly publications from 1996, ranging from survey works and monographs to articles in journals and monographs, reviews and PhD dissertations. The ABIA Index provides detailed bibliographic (with the original diacritics) as well as annotations for each of the publications covered. Indexes by author, subject, and geographic area further facilitate searches. While the database is in English, publications originate from a multi-lingual palette, ensuring both variety and broad scope.
The database is compiled by several international teams of specialists, each covering a fixed geographic area and well-defined set of bibliographic materials. Each office creates its own database. All data can be linked through a 'Search all' function.

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