Archaeology and Archaeologists in History

Historical Events

  • 1863-03-19 Confederate cruiser SS Georgiana destroyed on her maiden voyage with a cargo of munitions, and medicines then valued over $1,000,000. Wreck discovered exactly 102 years later by teenage diver and pioneer underwater archaeologist E. Lee Spence.

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1876-11-30 Archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann finds the gold Mask of Agamemnon at Mycenae (modern Greece) "the Mona Lisa of prehistory"

Archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann
Archaeologist
Heinrich Schliemann
  • 1902-05-17 Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovers the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer

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1922-11-26 English archaeologist Howard Carter opens Tutankhamun's virtually intact tomb in Egypt

Archaeologist who Discovered Tutankhamun Howard Carter
Archaeologist who Discovered Tutankhamun
Howard Carter
Pharoah of Egypt Tutankhamun
Pharoah of Egypt
Tutankhamun
  • 1935-02-28 Ladby Ship is discovered within a Viking grave on the island of Funen in Denmark by amateur archaeologist Poul Helweg Mikkelsen
  • 1938-07-31 Archaeologists discover engraved gold and silver plates from King Darius in Persepolis.
  • 1965-03-19 The wreck of the SS Georgiana, valued at over $50,000,000, said to have been most powerful Confederate cruiser, discovered by then teenage diver and pioneer underwater archaeologist E. Lee Spence exactly 102 years after its destruction.
  • 1977-11-08 Greek Archaeologist Manolis Andronikos discovers the tomb of Philip II of Macedon at Vergina
  • 1989-09-25 Archaeologists open Titus of Rhine grave in Amsterdam
  • 1990-10-11 Center for Urban archaeology opens in NYC South Street Seaport Museum
  • 1991-04-21 French underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio discovers the San Diego, Dutch galleon sunk in 1600 off Fortune Island in the Philippines
  • 2006-12-22 Australian archaeologist Sue O'Connor finds first evidence of modern humans in Jerimalai cave, near Lene Hara cave in East Timor

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2012-06-07 16th century archaeology remains of the Curtain Theatre, where some of Shakespeare's plays first performed found under a pub in London

  • 2014-01-29 Archaeologists discover the oldest Roman Temple (6th C BC) at Sant’Omobono
  • 2014-02-05 Archaeologists decrypt the 13th C Viking jötunvillur runic code
  • 2014-05-13 Unidentified shipwreck is discovered off the northern coast of Haiti by marine archaeologist Barry Clifford

  • 2015-08-12 In London archaeologists discover a mass grave of 30 bodies from the 1665 plague
  • 2015-09-07 British archaeologists announce the discovery of a Neolithic "superhenge" under 3ft of earth at Durrington Walls
  • 2015-09-10 New human-like species - Homo Naledi announced by Scientists and a team of female archaeologists, found deep in caves in South Africa
  • 2016-03-17 Archaeologists announce discovery of iron age warrior king buriel ground with 75 graves 2,500 years old in Pocklington, Northern England
  • 2016-05-23 Chinese archaeologists announce findings of earliest use of barley in China to make beer, Shaanxi province 3400-2900 BC
  • 2017-06-07 Earliest-ever evidence of Homo Sapiens from Jebel Irhoud, Morocco unearthed by archaeologists published in "Nature", at 300,000 years old
  • 2017-09-09 Egyptian archaeologists announce the discovery of a 3,500-year-old tomb of a goldsmith and his family in Draa Abul-Naga, Egypt
  • 2017-10-13 Archaeologists announce the discovery of Arabic characters "Allah” and “Ali” on Viking funeral costumes from a grave in Gamla Uppsala, Sweden
  • 2018-02-01 Archaeologists announce discovery of thousands of undetected structures in Mayan lowland civilisation, Guatemala, using Lidar, suggests population of 10 million
  • 2018-04-28 World's largest child sacrifice, 140 remains uncovered by archaeologists near Trujillo, Peru, dating back 550 years to Chimú civilisation
  • 2018-07-17 Oldest evidence of bread, made from wild grains, discovered by archaeologists in 14,000 year-old dig in the Black Desert, Jordon
  • 2018-08-18 Archaeologists confirm first-ever cheese found from Ancient Egypt 3,200 years old in tomb of Ptahmes, mayor of Memphis
  • 2018-09-08 Archaeologists uncover more than 300 gold coins from late imperial period from theatre in Como, Italy
  • 2018-09-15 Archaeologists find the oldest-known brewery and remains of 13,000-year-old beer in Haifa cave, Israel, belonging to nomadic Natufian people
  • 2018-10-23 World's oldest intact shipwreck, ancient Greek vessel 2,400 years old, found at bottom of the Black Sea by archaeologists
  • 2018-11-14 Archaeologists announce discovery of ancient Greek city of Tenea near Corinth, supposedly founded by captives from Trojan War
  • 2018-12-15 Egyptian Archaeologists announce discovery of 4,400 year old tomb of Fifth Dynasty priest in Saqqara pyramid complex near Cairo
  • 2019-01-03 Archaeologists in Mexico announce discovery of pre-Aztec temple to god Xipe Tótec in Puebla state (dated 900-1150 AD)
  • 2019-05-09 Archaeologists hail Anglo-Saxon tomb found 2003 in Prittlewell, England, as Britain’s equivalent of Tutankhamun’s tomb as full report of its contents published
  • 2019-06-13 Archaeologists announce Scottish crannogs (fortified settlements on artificial islands in lochs) far older than first thought, radiocarbon dated to 3640-3360 BC , older than Stonehenge
  • 2019-07-18 One of world's earliest mosques at 1,200 years old discovered by archaeologists in Israel's Negev Desert
  • 2019-08-29 Discovery of world's largest child sacrifice site announced by archaeologists with 227 victims from Chimú culture in Huanchaco, Peru
  • 2019-10-16 Egyptian archaeologists announce discovery of more than 20 painted wooden coffins from Theban necropolis of Asasif

Famous Birthdays

  • 1516-04-23 Georg Fabricius, German poet, historian and archaeologist, born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 1571)
  • 1620-02-15 Francois Charpentier, French scholar and archaeologist, born in Paris, France (d. 1702)
  • 1635-02-01 Marquard Gude, German archaeologist and classical scholar famous for his collection of Greek and Latin inscriptions, born in Rendsburg, Holstein (d. 1689)
  • 1646-04-04 Antoine Galland, French orientalist and archaeologist, born in Rolot, France (d. 1715)
  • 1675-06-01 Francesco Scipione, marchese di Maffei, Italian archaeologist (d. 1755)
  • 1687-11-07 William Stukeley, English physician and archaeologist (pioneered investigation of Stonehenge and Avebury), born in Holbeach, Lincolnshire (d. 1765)
  • 1692-10-31 Comte de Caylus, French archaeologist, born in Paris (d. 1765)
  • 1717-12-09 Johann Winckelmann, German archaeologist (History of Ancient Art), born in Stendal, Prussia (d. 1768)
  • 1729-09-25 Christian G. Heyne, German archaeologist, born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 1812)
  • 1762-04-14 Giuseppe Valadier, Italian architect and archaeologist, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1839)
  • 1776-03-12 Hester Stanhope, English aristocrat, traveller and archaeologist, born in Chevening, England (d. 1839)
  • 1788-09-10 Jacques Boucher de Crèvecœur de Perthes, French archaeologist (discovered flint tools in the gravels of the Somme valley), born in Rethel, Ardennes, France (d. 1868)
  • 1805-11-28 John Stephens, American explorer and archaeologist (pivotal figure in the rediscovery of Maya civilization throughout Middle America), born in Shrewsbury, New Jersey (d. 1852)
  • 1808-01-11 Antoine GB Schayes, Belgian historian/archaeologist
  • 1813-06-16 Otto Jahn, German archaeologist (d. 1869)
  • 1814-09-02 Ernst Curtius, German archaeologist/historian
  • 1815-10-13 Jules Quicherat, French historian and archaeologist, born in Paris (d. 1882)
  • 1817-03-05 Austen H Layard, British archaeologist/diplomat
  • 1821-03-14 Jens Worsaae, Danish archaeologist, historian and politician, born in Vejle, Denmark (d. 1885)

Person of interestHeinrich Schliemann

1822-01-06 Heinrich Schliemann, German archaeologist who rediscovered Troy, born in Neubukow, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, German Confederation (d. 1890

Archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann
Archaeologist
Heinrich Schliemann
  • 1827-04-14 Augustus Pitt Rivers, English archaeologist, born in Bramham cum Oglethorpe, Wetherby, Yorkshire (d. 1900)
  • 1828-05-02 Désiré Charnay, French traveller and archaeologist, born in Fleurie, France (d. 1915)
  • 1831-12-10 Alexander Conze, German archaeologist, born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1914)
  • 1840-03-26 George Smith, English archaeologist and assyriologist (cuneiform script), born in London (d. 1876)
  • 1841-07-04 Edward Gailliard, Flemish linguist and archaeologist, born in Bruges, Belgium (d. 1922)
  • 1844-07-31 Ignazio Guidi, Italian orientalist and archaeologist, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1935)
  • 1851-07-08 Arthur J Evans, English archaeologist (Crete)
  • 1856-09-28 Edward Herbert Thompson, American diplomat and archaeologist (Mayan civilization), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1935)
  • 1859-10-18 Paolo Orsi, Rovereto, Italian Archaeologist (Sicilian excavations)
  • 1861-11-03 Johann Peter Kirsch, Luxembourg church historian and archaeologist, born in Dippach, Luxembourg (d. 1941)
  • 1862-11-26 Marc Aurel Stein, Hungarian-British archaeologist, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1943)
  • 1865-09-20 Lubor Niederle, Czech archaeologist and anthropologist, born in Klatovy, Czech Republic (d. 1944)
  • 1865-10-15 Walther Amelung, German archaeologist, born in Szczecin, Poland (d. 1927)

Person of interestGertrude Bell

1868-07-14 Gertrude Bell, British archaeologist (Desert & The Sown), born in Washington Hall, County Durham, England (d. 1926)

Archaeologist and Writer Gertrude Bell
Archaeologist and Writer
Gertrude Bell

Person of interestHoward Carter

1873-05-09 Howard Carter, British archaeologist and egyptologist who found King Tutankhamun's tomb, born in London (d. 1939)

Archaeologist who Discovered Tutankhamun Howard Carter
Archaeologist who Discovered Tutankhamun
Howard Carter
  • 1873-06-29 Leo Frobenius, German ethnologist and archaeologist (African cultures), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1938)
  • 1874-12-13 Ludwig Curtius, German archaeologist (Die antike Kunst), born in Augsburg, Germany (d. 1954)
  • 1875-02-18 Walter Andrae, German archaeologist (Babylon, Assur)

Person of interestHiram Bingham

1875-11-19 Hiram Bingham, American archaeologist who re-discovered the Incan site of Machu Picchu, born in Honolulu, Kingdom of Hawaii (d. 1956)

Archaeologist and Explorer Hiram Bingham
Archaeologist and Explorer
Hiram Bingham
  • 1883-06-07 Sylvanus Morley, American archaeologist and spy, born in Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1948)
  • 1884-03-14 Albert Egges van Giffen, Dutch archaeologist, born in Noordhorn, Netherlands (d. 1973)
  • 1884-07-04 Alexander Byvanck, Dutch art historian and archaeologist, born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 1970)
  • 1887-01-27 Carl Blegen, archaeologist (excavator at Troy, Pylos), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1889-02-01 Gertrude Caton-Thompson, British archaeologist (Zimbabwe, So Arabia)
  • 1891-05-24 William F. Albright, American old testament scholar and archaeologist, born in Coquimbo, Chile (d. 1971)
  • 1892-04-14 V. Gordon Childe, British archaeologist and prehistorian, born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1957)
  • 1898-02-23 Reinhard Herbig, German archaeologist
  • 1898-09-14 Ernest Nash, German-American photographer and archaeologist, born in Nowawes, Germany (d. 1974)
  • 1899-07-26 Carel C. van Essen, Dutch archaeologist (Italian & Roman art), born in Amsterdam (d. 1963)
  • 1900-08-11 Philip Phillips, American archaeologist (d. 1994)
  • 1900-08-18 Glenn Albert Black, American archaeologist, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1964)
  • 1901-02-15 Andre Parrot, French archaeologist/theologist (Assur)
  • 1901-07-08 Donald Benjamin Harden, archaeologist
  • 1901-11-04 Spyridon Marinatos, Greek archaeologist (discovery of the site of an ancient port city on the island of Thera, in the southern Aegean Sea), born in Lixoúrion, Cephalonia, Greece (d. 1974)
  • 1902-05-30 Seton Howard Frederick Lloyd, English Archaeologist (Arzawa civilization, Turkey)
  • 1903-05-15 Maria Reiche, German-born mathematician and archaeologist (d. 1998)

Person of interestLouis Leakey

1903-08-07 Louis Leakey, British paleoanthropologist and archaeologist (1964 Richard Hooper Medal), born in Kabete, Kenya (d. 1972)

Archaeologist and Paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey
Archaeologist and Paleoanthropologist
Louis Leakey
  • 1904-11-16 Frederik van der Meer, Dutch archaeologist and art historian, born in Bolsward (d. 1994)
  • 1905-01-12 James Bennett Griffin, American archaeologist, born in Atchison, Kansas (d. 1997)
  • 1905-09-25 Nahman Avigad, Israeli archaeologist (Discovering Jerusalem), born in Zavaliv, Ukraine (d. 1992)
  • 1907-05-13 Laurence Kirwan, archaeologist
  • 1908-09-10 Waldo Wedel, American Archaeologist (d. 1996)
  • 1909-10-04 James B. Pritchard, American theologist and archaeologist, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1997)
  • 1910-05-28 Stuart Piggott, British archaeologist best known for his work on prehistoric Wessex, born in Petersfield, Hampshire (d. 1996)
  • 1910-08-05 Jacquetta Hawkes, English archaeologist/author (A Country), (d. 1996)
  • 1911-04-12 Darrell A. Amyx, American classical archaeologist (Greek Ceramics), born in Exeter, California (d. 1997)
  • 1912-08-22 Edith Porada, Austrian art historian and archaeologist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1994)
  • 1914-06-05 Beatrice de Cardi, British archaeologist, born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1915-01-20 C. W. Ceram, German/ journalist & author (March of Archaeology), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1972)
  • 1919-10-23 Manolis Andronikos, Greek archaeologist who discovered ancient royal Macedonian tombs in northern Greece, born in Bursa, Ottoman Empire (d. 1992)
  • 1920-01-20 Richard J. C. Atkinson, British archaeologist, born in Evershot, United Kingdom (d. 1994)
  • 1928-02-01 Peter Gordon Dorrell, archaeologist and photographer
  • 1929-05-06 Rosemary Camp, British archaeologist (Council for British Archaeology)
  • 1933-03-28 Li Xueqin, Chinese eminent historian, archaeologist, and palaeographer, born in Beijing, China (d. 2019)
  • 1939-12-10 Barry Cunliffe, English archaeologist and university professor, born in Portsmouth, England
  • 1942-09-04 Alireza Shapour Shahbazi, Iranian archaeologist and a world expert on Achaemenid archeology, born in Shiraz, Iran (d. 2006)
  • 1945-03-10 Elizabeth Brumfiel, [Elizabeth Stern], American feminist archaeologist, former president of the American Anthropological Association
  • 1952-09-29 R A Hodges, archaeologist
  • 1967-06-23 Helen Geake, British archaeologist

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1900-11-20 Archaeologist Hiram Bingham (25) weds Tiffany heiress Alfreda Mitchell in Honolulu, Hawaii

Archaeologist and Explorer Hiram Bingham
Archaeologist and Explorer
Hiram Bingham

LoveWedding of Interest

1923-09-03 Cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead (21) weds field archaeologist Luther Cressman (25)

Cultural Anthropologist Margaret Mead
Cultural Anthropologist
Margaret Mead

LoveWedding of Interest

1930-09-11 Mystery writer Agatha Christie (39) weds archaeologist Max Mallowan (26)

Novelist Agatha Christie
Novelist
Agatha Christie

LoveWedding of Interest

1936-12-24 Paleoanthropologist Mary Nicol (23) weds archaeologist Louis Leakey (33) in England

Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey
Paleoanthropologist
Mary Leakey
Archaeologist and Paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey
Archaeologist and Paleoanthropologist
Louis Leakey

Famous Deaths

  • 1571-07-17 Georg Fabricius, German poet, historian and archaeologist, dies at 55
  • 1583-10-30 Pirro Ligorio, Italian architect/painter/archaeologist, dies at 83
  • 1689-11-26 Marquard Gude, German archaeologist and classical scholar famous for his collection of Greek and Latin inscriptions, dies at 54
  • 1715-02-17 Antoine Galland, French orientalist and archaeologist, dies at 68
  • 1732-01-12 John Horsley, British archaeologist (b. 1685)
  • 1755-02-11 Francesco Scipione, marchese di Maffei, Italian archaeologist (b. 1675)
  • 1765-03-03 William Stukeley, English physician and archaeologist (pioneered investigation of Stonehenge and Avebury), dies at 77
  • 1768-06-08 Johann Winckelmann, German archaeologist (History of Ancient Art), dies at 50
  • 1812-07-14 Christian G. Heyne, German archaeologist, dies at 82
  • 1839-02-01 Giuseppe Valadier, Italian architect and archaeologist, dies at 76
  • 1839-06-23 Hester Stanhope, English aristocrat, traveller and archaeologist, dies at 63
  • 1856-01-11 Nikolai I Nadezjdin, Russian archaeologist, dies [NS=Jan 23]
  • 1859-01-08 Antoine GB Schayes, Belgian historian/archaeologist, dies at 50
  • 1860-11-08 Charles Fellows, English Archaeologist who discovered ruins of the cities of ancient Lycia and brought to Lycian marbles to England, dies
  • 1865-05-21 Christian Jürgensen Thomsen, Danish Archaeologist, created Stone, Bronze, Iron age system, dies at 76
  • 1867-05-12 Friedrich William Eduard Gerhard, German archaeologist (b. 1795)
  • 1867-11-13 Adolphe Napoleon Didron, French archaeologist (b. 1806)
  • 1868-08-05 Jacques Boucher de Crèvecœur de Perthes, French archaeologist (discovered flint tools in the gravels of the Somme valley), dies at 79
  • 1874-04-04 Charles Ernest Beulé, French archaeologist and politician (b. 1826)
  • 1876-08-19 George Smith, English archaeologist and assyriologist (cuneiform script), dies of fever at 36
  • 1882-04-08 Jules Quicherat, French historian and archaeologist, dies at 67

Person of interestHeinrich Schliemann

1890-12-26 Heinrich Schliemann, German archaeologist who rediscovered Troy, dies of cholesteatoma at 86

Archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann
Archaeologist
Heinrich Schliemann
  • 1896-07-11 Ernst Curtius, German archaeologist/historian (Olympia), dies at 81
  • 1900-05-04 Augustus Pitt Rivers, English archaeologist, dies at 73
  • 1906-01-05 Kathleen Kenyon, English Archaeologist who excavated Jericho (the oldest known continuously occupied human settlement that has been inhabited for the last 11,000 years), dies at 72
  • 1914-07-19 Alexander Conze, German archaeologist, dies at 82
  • 1915-10-24 Désiré Charnay, French traveller and archaeologist, dies at 87
  • 1922-07-29 Edward Gailliard, Flemish linguist and archaeologist, dies at 81

Person of interestGertrude Bell

1926-07-12 Gertrude Bell, British archaeologist (Desert & The Sown), dies at 57

Archaeologist and Writer Gertrude Bell
Archaeologist and Writer
Gertrude Bell
  • 1927-09-12 Walther Amelung, German archaeologist, dies at 61
  • 1928-04-05 Jane Ellen Harrison, scholar/archaeologist, dies
  • 1935-04-18 Ignazio Guidi, Italian orientalist & archaeologist, dies at 90
  • 1935-05-11 Edward Herbert Thompson, American archaeologist (Mayan civilization), dies at 78
  • 1935-11-09 Paolo Orsi, Italian Archaeologist, dies at 76
  • 1938-08-09 Leo Frobenius, German ethnologist and archaeologist (African cultures), dies at 65

Person of interestHoward Carter

1939-03-02 Howard Carter, British archaeologist and egyptologist who found King Tutankhamun's tomb, dies at 65

Archaeologist who Discovered Tutankhamun Howard Carter
Archaeologist who Discovered Tutankhamun
Howard Carter
  • 1941-03-03 Constant W L Scheurleer, archaeologist/banker/art expert, dies at 59
  • 1943-10-26 Marc Aurel Stein, Hungarian-British archaeologist, dies at 80
  • 1944-06-14 Lubor Niederle, Czech archaeologist and anthropologist, dies at 78
  • 1948-09-02 Sylvanus Morley, American archaeologist and spy, dies at 65
  • 1954-04-10 Ludwig Curtius, German archaeologist (Die antike Kunst), dies at 79

Person of interestHiram Bingham

1956-06-06 Hiram Bingham, American Archaeologist (Incan site of Machu Picchu), dies at 80

Archaeologist and Explorer Hiram Bingham
Archaeologist and Explorer
Hiram Bingham
  • 1957-10-19 V. Gordon Childe, British archaeologist and prehistorian, dies at 65
  • 1960-02-20 Leonard Woolley, British pioneering archaeologist, dies at 79
  • 1961-08-14 Henri-Edouard-Prosper Breuil, priest/archaeologist, dies
  • 1961-09-29 Reinhard Herbig, German archaeologist, dies at 63
  • 1963-05-31 Carel C. van Essen, Dutch archaeologist (Art of Ancient Rome), dies at 63
  • 1964-09-02 Glenn Albert Black, American archaeologist, dies at 64
  • 1971-09-20 William F. Albright, American old testament scholar and archaeologist, dies at 80

Person of interestLouis Leakey

1972-10-01 Louis Leakey, British paleoanthropologist and archaeologist (Olduvai Gorge), dies at 68

Archaeologist and Paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey
Archaeologist and Paleoanthropologist
Louis Leakey
  • 1973-05-31 Albert Egges van Giffen, Dutch archaeologist, dies at 89
  • 1974-05-17 Ernest Nash, German-American photographer and archaeologist, dies at 75
  • 1974-10-01 Spyridon Marinatos, Greek archaeologist (discovery of the site of an ancient port city on the island of Thera, in the southern Aegean Sea), dies at 72
  • 1992-01-28 Nahman Avigad, Israeli archaeologist (Discovering Jerusalem), dies at 86
  • 1992-03-30 Manolis Andronikos, Greek archaeologist who discovered ancient royal Macedonian tombs in northern Greece, dies at 72
  • 1994-03-24 Edith Porada, Austrian art historian and archaeologist, dies at 81
  • 1994-04-13 Donald Benjamin Harden, British researcher, dies at 92
  • 1994-07-19 Frederik "Frits" van der More, archaeologist/art historian, dies at 87
  • 1994-10-10 Richard John Copeland Atkinson, archaeologist, dies at 74
  • 1994-11-14 Michael Grierson Jarrett, archaeologist, dies at 60
  • 1994-12-11 Philip Phillips, American archaeologist (b. 1900)
  • 1995-02-07 Massimo Pallottino, Italian archaeologist (Etruscologia), dies at 86
  • 1996-01-07 Seton Howard Frederick Lloyd, English Archaeologist, dies at 93
  • 1996-03-18 Jacquetta Hawkes, English archaeologist, dies at 85
  • 1996-05-31 Peter Gordon Dorrell, archaeologist/photographer, dies at 68
  • 1996-09-01 Charles Daniels, archaeologist, dies at 63
  • 1996-09-23 Stuart Pigott, archaeologist, dies at 86
  • 1996-09-23 Stuart Piggott, British archaeologist best known for his work on prehistoric Wessex, dies at 86
  • 1996-12-09 Mary Leakey, British archaeologist and anthropologist, discovered earliest human footprints (3.6 million years old), dies at 83
  • 1997-01-01 James B. Pritchard, American theologist & archaeologist, dies at 87
  • 1997-01-10 Darrell A. Amyx, American classical archaeologist (Greek Ceramics), dies at 85
  • 1997-05-31 James Bennett Griffin, American archaeologist, dies at 92
  • 1998-06-08 Maria Reiche, German-born mathematician and archaeologist (b. 1903)
  • 2006-06-15 Alireza Shapour Shahbazi, Iranian archaeologist and a world expert on Achaemenid archeology, dies of cancer at 63
  • 2006-12-01 Bruce Trigger, Canadian archaeologist (McGill University) (b. 1937)
  • 2010-10-28 Ehud Netzer, Israeli archaeologist (b. 1934)
  • 2012-01-01 Elizabeth Brumfiel, American feminist archaeologist, dies of cancer at 66
  • 2016-07-05 Beatrice de Cardi, British archaeologist, dies at 102
  • 2019-02-24 Li Xueqin, Chinese eminent historian, archaeologist, and palaeographer, dies at 85