We are pleased to announce enhanced eHRAF World Cultures and eHRAF Archaeology databases. These unique online resources contain information on ethnographies and archaeological traditions. New layouts and designs include:
Advanced Search with easy-to-use menus for choosing cultures and subjects
Refined culture results by factors including subsistence types, sample type, and number of matches
A Learning Center with teaching and research information
eHRAF World Cultures is a web-based multicultural database for scholars, researchers, teachers, and students with an interest in cultural diversity. With over 350,000 pages of information on all aspects of social and cultural life and a unique classification and retrieval system, It serves as an excellent teaching and research tool for cross-cultural studies. As of April 2003, there is information on 127 cultures from around the world.
eHRAF Archaeology is a cross-cultural database containing descriptive information on archaeological traditions of the world and is modeled after the eHRAF World Cultures. It is a unique because each archaeological tradition contains a variety of source documents (books, articles, and dissertations) that have been indexed and organized according to HRAF’s comprehensive tradition and subject classification systems: the Outline of Archaeological Traditions (OAT), and the Outline of Cultural Materials (OCM). These retrieval systems extend search capability well beyond keyword searching thus allowing for precise tradition and subject retrieval, even in a foreign language. The eHRAF Archaeology database provides researchers and students access to archaeological materials for comparative studies within and across regions.
The eHRAF World Cultures and eHRAF Archaeology databases are produced by Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) at Yale University.
HRAF is a not-for-profit membership consortium of over 300 educational and research institutions in 30 countries. The mission of HRAF is to encourage and facilitate worldwide and other comparative studies of human behavior, society, and culture.