ABIA - Index of South and Southeast Asian Art and Archaeology

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ABIA is the only specialist academic in-depth bibliography dedicated to South and Southeast Asian prehistory, archaeology of the historical period, art, crafts and architecture (from early down to contemporary), inscriptions and palaeography, coins and seals of these regions. Going back to 1928, this unique and up-to-date bibliographic reference source has become the standard of reference in the fields it covers for both specialists as well as students.

The ABIA Online cooperates with the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, The Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology and is partly supported by the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) and the Jan Gonda Fonds.

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The ABIA contains the following key features:

Key Features

  • Unique and up-to-date specialist academic bibliography dedicated to South and Southeast Asian art and archaeology.
  • Extensive coverage of publications from the 1920s onwards.
  • Coverage of monographs, journals, articles in edited volumes, conference proceedings and grey literature.
  • Compiled by an international team of specialists in both Europe and Asia.
  • Records up to 2011 are richly and extensively annotated.
  • Rich keywording
  • Inclusion of references to hard-to-access locally published Asian works.
  • References to publications in a multiple variety of languages
  • Includes all bibliographical references of the printed Annual Bibliography of Indian Archaeology (published between 1928-1984) and the ABIA South and Southeast Asian Art and Archaeology Index (published between 1999-2011), as well as recent up-to-date online only material.
  • Covers scholarly publications by specialists for specialists and non-specialists.

Key Figures

  • 40,000 records
  • Quarterly updates (9,000 new records per year)
  • 425 journals
  • 200 book series
  • 19 languages
  • 22 countries
  • 12 major subject categories per country

Regions Covered

  • South Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Maldives
  • Southwest Asia - as related to South Asia (e.g. Afghanistan and eastern Iran)
  • Central Asia - as related to South Asia (e.g. Turkmenistan and Tajikistan)
  • East Asia - as related to South Asia and Southeast Asia (e.g. the region of Tibetan culture and South China)
  • Southeast Asia: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam
  • The Pacific - as related to Southeast Asia (e.g. the region of Austronesian culture)

ABIA offers search options by means of:

  • 3500 geographic keywords
  • 5,800 general keywords
  • 950 personal names as keywords
  • 5,500 unique authors and editors
  • 15,000 records of the ABIA Index in the online database
  • 25.000 records of the Annual Bibliography of Indian Archaeology (the Kern ABIA)

Materials

  • Books
  • Contributed articles in books
  • Articles in periodicals (including reviews and obituaries)
  • Electronic books
  • Electronic articles
  • Unpublished PhD theses and Habilitationsschriften
  • ‘grey’ literature of academic level

ABIA Online: A Unique Reference Tool For:

  • Scholars and students of Asian Studies, Art History, Archaeology, Comparative Religions, Buddhist Studies, Hindu Studies, Asia studies in general, Anthropology, History, Heritage Studies and Museum Studies; and in subfields such as Epigraphy, Palaeography, Numismatics and Sigillography.
  • Museum curators and collectors of Asian arts and coins

The ABIA Online presently cooperates with partner institutes in New Delhi (the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts) and Colombo (The Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology). It maintains and develops a network of contributors and potential contributing institutions in South Asia (e.g., The International Institute for Studies in Bengal Art, Dhaka, Bangladesh; Kathmandu, Nepal) and Southeast Asia.

ABIA is partly supported by the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) and the Jan Gonda Fonds.


Copyright information

The digitization of volumes 22 and 23 of the Annual Bibliography of Indian Archaeology has been authorized by Springer Science + Business Media for distribution through Brill’s online platform.

Copyright © 1982 and 1984, being a part of Springer Science+Business Media 

Annual Bibliography of Indian Archaeology. For the Years 1967–1969
Volume 22 (1982)
Edited by E.C.L. During Caspers
ISBN: 978-94-009-7824-9 (Print) 978-94-009-7822-5 (Online)

Annual Bibliography of Indian Archaeology. For the Years 1970–1972
Volume 23 (1984)
Edited by E.C.L. During Caspers
ISBN: 978-94-009-6273-6 (Print) 978-94-009-6271-2 (Online)

Abbreviation symbols

ABIA online offers users the possibility to immediately spot the items looked for by a system of easy to use symbols or abbrevations, which are:
Ⓑ : Period Start
Ⓔ : Period End
Ⓖ : Geography
Ⓢ : Subject
Ⓟ : Person