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report count (with pdf)
22840 reports
( Participation 434 Orgs )
report count
32361 reports
( compared to the privious fiscal year + 11212 reports )
( Participation 548 Orgs )
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57426 reports
( compared to the privious fiscal year + 20970 reports )

User Guide

【Search and Browse】

【Search and Browse】

“The Comprehensive Database of Archaeological Site Reports in Japan” enables the search of archaeological excavation reports published by municipalities and institutions nationwide as well as browsing full-text PDF files. Please note that although the Simple Search also enables searching full texts in PDF files other than the abstracts of the excavation reports and archaeological-site information, some files do not support full-text search. If you wish to make a search for the data of abstracts of the excavation reports only, use the Advanced Search. Additionally, please note that some PDF file reports may not allow printing based on publisher’s intention; furthermore, that as this website does not include all the reports registered, some already-published reports may not be found by the search.

【Data Provision to Discovery Service】

“The Comprehensive Database of Archaeological Site Reports in Japan” is searchable via the Summon as well, a Discovery Service that enables users to search a range of academic information resources through the same interface. It is recommended for institutions that have adopted the Summon to use this comprehensive database. *We are currently requesting the providers of other Discovery Services to support the comprehensive database.

【Linkage with CiNii Books】

“The Comprehensive Database of Archaeological Site Reports in Japan” is also linked with the CiNii Books that enables the search of books held by university libraries nationwide. If you search an archaeological excavation report through CiNii Books, the list of universities that own the report is displayed; while, the linkage with the Comprehensive Database of Archaeological Site Reports in Japan is also shown, enabling one-stop browsing of the main text of the report. The advantage of being able to simultaneously confirm holdings conditions of non-digitized archaeological excavation reports and browse the main texts has greatly improved the usage environment for excavation reports.

【English Auto-Search Function】

On the main search page for the Comprehensive Database for Archaeological Site Reports in Japan, (http://sitereports.nabunken.go.jp/en), when English archaeological terms are entered, they will be automatically converted into their Japanese equivalents, and a search which includes related terms will be carried out. If you wish to use this function, make sure “Translate Free Word” is set to “on.” The system automatically makes use of a list containing approximately 5,000 English archaeological terms and their Japanese equivalents, as well as data on related words in Japanese. These lists are designed to be wide-ranging, and contain not just established scholarly equivalents, but a variety of terms aimed at accommodating the needs of overseas learners of the Japanese language.


  • 『和英対照考古学用語辞典』山本 忠尚・Walter Edwards、2001 (Dictionary of Japanese archaeological terms  Yamamoto Tadanao and Walter Edwards)
  • 『日本庭園辞典』小野健吉・Walter Edwards(Japanese Garden Dictionary: A Glossary for Japanese Gardens and Their History  Ono Kenkichi and Walter Edwards)https://www.nabunken.go.jp/org/bunka/jgd/index.html
  • 『遺跡情報交換標準の研究』第3版 National Institutes for Cultural Heritage Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties,2013

【Copyrights and Links】

Please note that the copyrights of the report data published on this website belong to the municipalities or institutions that published the data. Users should follow the copyrights act to use such data. Meanwhile, this site may be linked to your sites without restriction.


If you wish to inquire about this website and or the Comprehensive Database of Archaeological Site Reports in Japan Project, please contact Shimane University Library below for the present. However, for detailed information such as the contents of each individual report published, please directly contact the publishers including municipalities.

Planning/Management Group, Shimane University Library
(Secretariat of the Comprehensive Database of Archaeological Site Reports in Japan Project)
Phone: 0852-32-6088
email: rar@lib.shimane-u.ac.jp
1060 Nishikawatsu-cho, Matsue-shi, Shimane 690-8504, Japan

【List of Member Prefectures/Institutions】(as of April, 2016)

Member prefectures and Linked Universities (Operating models of university libraries, etc.)

Member Municipalities (Models of directly participating municipalities)

【Creator Credits】

The system development of the Comprehensive Database of Archaeological Site Reports in Japan was made by the following organizations/institutions (as of June, 2015):

Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties

・Data and Information Division, Department of Planning and Coordination


・Logo/Banner Designing

NOSE Mariko

Shimane University

・Library Information Division, Academic and International Department

TANAKA Shunji, SHOJI Yoshinobu, FUKUYAMA Eisaku, YADA Takafumi




Walter Edwards, Marjorie Burge, Dessislava Veltcheva