|The scholarly community specializing in Southeast Asian archaeology is truly global, and opportunities are few to undertake the detailed comparisons of data, methods, and results by which the field will advance. Therefore the website seeks to build through periodic additions a series of databases that scholars can view, download, and share archaeological data via the web.Additions, primarily from the University of Pennsylvania Museum, are made to the online bibliography on an on-going basis. We encourage users to send us references they would like to see added. Scholars, for example, may attach the references portions of their CVs in an email to Dr. Joyce White.||Currently contributions to Friends of Ban Chiang support the maintenance and upgrades of the data, software, and hardware of the bibliography and other aspects of the Southeast Asian scholarly website. We began the data sharing with the Ban Chiang skeletons and then added skeletal data from Non Nok Tha. The most recent addition focuses on artifactual data beginning with metals and metal-related materials excavated in 1974 and 1975 from four northeast Thai sites, namely, Ban Chiang, Ban Phak Top, Ban Tong, and Don Klang.|
|Standardized data recording forms for skeletons, metals, crucibles, molds, and slag have been posted for download from the Southeast Asian Scholarly Website. Forms are posted for recording artifact data that can be printed for other scholars to use to collect comparable data. These forms can serve as a tool for current and future research to provide a means of generating comparable data among sites in Southeast Asia.||Our newest project is the creation of multilingual archaeological vocabulary lists, so that scholars working in English, Thai, Lao, Khmer, and Vietnamese can share a common vocabulary and understanding of technical terms. We have only a few categories online at present; we hope to add many more as we receive translations in more languages. The Traditional Ceramics vocabulary list has English, Lao, Thai, Vietnamese, and Japanese translations of terms dealing with production, use, and analysis of archaeological and ethnographic ceramics. We plan to add Khmer and possibly Chinese to this list.|
We welcome data from other research programs. Scholars may contact Dr. Elizabeth Hamilton to add their own databases or data files.