Restoring Heian-kyo on a Map of Modern Kyoto: The Heian-kyo Site Database has been launched
The Art Research Center (ARC) and the Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage (R-DMUCH), Ritsumeikan University, are delighted to announce the release of the Heian-kyo Site Database. This web-based platform contains the results of research on the Heian-kyo excavation sites.
Features of the Heian-kyo Site Database:
1. Construction of an open data infrastructure that "allows anyone to learn about Heian-kyo whenever and wherever they want".
2. Visualization of the results of more than 5,000 excavations of the Heian-kyo site.
3. Aiming at creating a virtual environment where the public can freely contribute to and publish information related to Heian-kyo in the future.
In collaboration with the Kyoto City Lifelong Learning Center, the ARC and the R-DMUCH have been conducting research by utilizing the 'Model of a Reconstruction of Heian-kyo' exhibited at the Heian-kyo Sousei-kan in Kyoto (京都市平安京創生館), amongst others.
A large amount of excavation research related to Heian-kyo has been carried out mainly by the Kyoto City Archaeological Research Institute. The purpose of our database is to visualize the results of this research on an online map, which anyone can freely access and download.
Therefore, this is a platform where "anyone can learn about Heian-kyo whenever and wherever they want".
The map displays various excavation sites and contains approximately 5,000 research summary documents. About 400 of these sites can be viewed by overlaying the excavation plans with a map of modern Kyoto.
The Geographical Information System (GIS) data on this site, including excavation sites, excavation plans, and restoration drawings, are available for download as open data. Furthermore, we present a 'Heian-kyo Site Story Map' that gives insights into the history of the various excavation sites.
In the future, we will continue to add new digitized archaeological information, and we aim to create an environment where the public can freely contribute and publish information related to Heian-kyo.
*This database has been built with ArcGIS Hub by Esri and was launched on November 25, 2021.