A project to develop digital collection, storage and distribution strategies for multimedia anthropological information from the Himalayan region

Now the part of Archive Nepal family, the Digital Himalaya project was designed by Alan Macfarlane and Mark Turin as a strategy for archiving and making available ethnographic materials from the Himalayan region. Based at the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, the project was established in December 2000. From 2002 to 2005, the project moved to the Department of Anthropology at Cornell University and began its collaboration with the University of Virginia. From July 2014, the project has relocated to the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, and is engaged in a long term collaboration with Sichuan University.


  • (April 2024) We are excited to announce that Digital Himalaya has joined the Archive Nepal family. We extend our heartfelt thanks to the Digital Himalaya team, and particularly to Dr. Mark Turin. For the past 24 years, Dr. Turin has passionately led the project, ensuring that Digital Himalaya remains a leading digital archive for the diverse collections from Nepal and the broader Himalayan region. The resources from Digital Himalaya are now accessible on Archive Nepal’s platform. Looking ahead, the Archive Nepal team will take over the management and maintenance of the Digital Himalaya website to ensure its continued accessibility. We are also pleased to confirm that Dr. Turin will continue to lend his expertise as a member of our Advisory Group. We eagerly anticipate further collaboration with him on upcoming initiatives.
  • Chowkidar (January 2020) is the journal of the British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia (BACSA). It has been published twice a year for the last forty years, under the same editor. Digital Himalaya is delighted to have been chosen be the online home of this important publication.
  • Shezoed: Rigzhung Research Journal (February 2016) is a bi-annual publication of the Centre of History and Culture of the Institute of Language and Culture, Taktse, the Royal University of Bhutan College dedicated to Bhutanese studies (Buddhism, literaure, history, anthropology, arts, language). Digital Himalaya is delighted to have been asked to serve as the online home of this new publication.
  • The Journal of the International Association for Bon Research (January 2014) is a new yearly publication devoted to the study and promotion of research on the Tibetan Bön religion. Digital Himalaya is delighted to have been chosen be the journal's online home.