Published online 8 August 2006 | Nature | doi:10.1038/news060807-6

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Museum goes ahead with online database

Artefact treasure trove brings former French colonies to the world.

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P. GRIES/B. DESCOINGS/ MUSÉE DU QUAI BRANLY

Archaeologists and anthropologists now have online access to a treasure trove of nearly 300,000 artefacts from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Oceania.

The new Quai Branly Museum in Paris, which opened in June, brings together collections of cultural items, textiles and art from France's former colonies. The museum's online database includes details of artefacts, such as the African mask pictured here.

Photographs, historical details and associated research for each artefact are available at the museum's website, www.quaibranly.fr.