This DATABASE has been produced by the Maldives Heritage Survey to systematically inventory and document endangered cultural heritage in the Maldives, including mosques, Muslim grave markers, the remains of Buddhist stupas, and other historical structures and physical objects. Each record includes a combination of photographs, 3D scans, site plans, elevation drawings, measurements, descriptions, and GPS coordinates – as relevant to the particular site, structure, or object. The materials documented here are critically endangered, facing both natural and human threats that jeopardize the survival and accessibility of historical information for this vital node in pre-modern economic and religious networks spanning the Indian Ocean world and beyond.

The MHS database is a work in progress and will be continually updated over the coming years. Please check back with us from time to time as we add more records to the data set.