The Ban Chiang Digital Image Project
Elizabeth Hamilton, Research Coordinator
The Ban Chiang Digital Image Archive Project was instituted in order to organize, preserve, and describe the thousands of slides, prints, and negatives that record the Ban Chiang excavations, artifacts, and related research. Slides and negatives retrieved from scores of dusty boxes and dilapidated binders have been cleaned, scanned, and inserted into archival storage. Information about each image is being painstakingly entered into a database, along with a small copy of the image. All the fields in the database are searchable, so for the first time we can easily pull together the complete photographic record for any excavation feature or artifact. We are planning to put the database online so that scholars and other interested people can access the extensive visual record of not only Ban Chiang, but several other sites in the region that were investigated by University of Pennsylvania researchers.
As of September 2009, our workers have scanned and entered data for almost 5400 images. The Archive Project was funded in part by the gifts of our wonderful Friends of Ban Chiang, who enabled us to buy a slide scanner, higher capacity computer, a backup system, and archival supplies.