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, through digital photography, 3D scanning and GIS. 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 project is led by Dr Michael Feener, based at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies
, and funded by Arcadia
Work in country is conducted in partnership with the Maldives Ministry of Arts, Culture, and Heritage with additional support from the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS)
at the Nanyang Technological University and the Spatial Analysis, Interpretation, and Exploration Laboratory (SAIELab)
at Washington University in St. Louis.