Afghanistan is a country with a rich cultural heritage from different epochs. Unfortunately, it also has been a place where many wars were fought. For that reason, accurate and up-to-date information about the archaeological and architectural heritage were not easy to find.

The Afghanistan Site Register was created in 2002 as a database at the Department for Urban History at RWTH Aachen University in Germany. It was developed as a Microsoft Access database with a map frontend. The map served as a means to quickly navigate through different sites. Data, images and maps were collected from different sources.

In 2004, in a cooperation with the Chair for Information Science V, the system was transferred to an Oracle database with a Java frontend.

  • ACIS – Afghan Community Information System for Cultural Heritage Management (offline)
  • Community of Bamiyan Development (offline)

In 2011, a KML export was created for use in Google Maps.

In 2012, the Afghanistan Site Register was transferred to the media.REIFF database of the Faculty of Architecture at RWTH Aachen University, an Open Source system based on PHP/MySQL.



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