The History of Archaeology

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.

Historic Event

1876-11-30 Archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann finds the gold Mask of Agamemnon at Mycenae (modern Greece) "the Mona Lisa of prehistory" [1]

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

Historic Event

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
  • 2015-04-14 Archaeologists announce they have found at Lomekwi in Kenya 3.3 million-year old stone tools, the oldest ever discovered and which pre-date the earliest humans
  • 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 the discovery of an 2,500 year old iron age warrior king burial ground, with 75 graves 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
  • 2021-02-10 17,000 year old conch shell discovered to be oldest known wind instrument, after being reassessed by archaeologists, originally found in Marsoulas cave, Pyrenees [1]
  • 2021-02-13 Archaeologists announce discovery of oldest known beer factory in Abydos, Egypt, from early Dynastic period 3150 B.C.- 2613 B.C
  • 2021-04-08 Egyptian archaeologists announce their most important find since Tutankhamun's tomb - discovery of a lost 'golden city' the 3,000-years-old ancient city of Aten near Luxor [1]

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)

Heinrich SchliemannHeinrich Schliemann (1822-1890)

1822-01-06 German archaeologist who rediscovered Troy, born in Neubukow, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, German Confederation

  • 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 Evans, English archaeologist (discovered the Minoan palace of Knossos in Crete), born in Nash Mills, England (d. 1941)
  • 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)

Gertrude BellGertrude Bell (1868-1926)

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

Howard CarterHoward Carter (1873-1939)

1873-05-09 British archaeologist and egyptologist who found King Tutankhamun's tomb, born in London

  • 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)

Hiram BinghamHiram Bingham (1875-1956)

1875-11-19 American archaeologist who re-discovered the Incan site of Machu Picchu, born in Honolulu, Kingdom of Hawaii

  • 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)
  • 1885-04-12 R. D. Banerji, Indian archaeologist and historian (discovered ancient Indus city of Mohenjo-daro), born in Berhampore, British India (d. 1930) [1]
  • 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 focusing on the Lower Mississippi Valley, born in Buffalo, New York (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 Harden, Anglo-Irish archaeologist (d. 1994)
  • 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)

Louis LeakeyLouis Leakey (1903-1972)

1903-08-07 British paleoanthropologist and archaeologist (Olduvai Gorge; 1964 Richard Hooper Medal), born in Kabete, Kenya

  • 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, British archaeologist (Sudan and Egyptian Nubia), born in Galloway (d. 1999)
  • 1908-09-10 Waldo Wedel, American Archaeologist (Great Plains prehistoric cultures), born in Newton, Kansas (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 (Baluchistan region), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1915-01-20 C. W. Ceram, German/ journalist & author (March of Archaeology), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1972)
  • 1918-10-26 Kamal El Mallakh, Egyptian archaeologist (King Khufu Solar ship), and journalist, born in Upper Egypt (d. 1987)
  • 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, British archaeologist and photographer (d. 1996)
  • 1929-05-06 Rosemary Camp, British archaeologist (Council for British Archaeology)
  • 1930-06-05 Robert Buchanan, British archaeologist and founder of Bath University (d. 2020)
  • 1931-10-30 David Wilson, British archaeologist and director of British Museum (1977-92), born in Dacre Banks, England
  • 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 archaeology, born in Shiraz, Iran (d. 2006)
  • 1945-03-10 Elizabeth Brumfiel [Elizabeth Stern], American feminist archaeologist, former president of the American Anthropological Association
  • 1967-06-23 Helen Geake, British archaeologist, born in Wolverhampton, England

Famous Weddings

Hiram Bingham

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

Margaret Mead

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

Agatha Christie

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

Wedding of Interest

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


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 scholar and archaeologist, dies at 82
  • 1839-02-01 Giuseppe Valadier, Italian architect & archaeologist, dies at 76
  • 1839-06-23 Hester Stanhope, English aristocrat, traveller and archaeologist, dies at 63
  • 1852-10-13 John Stephens, American explorer and archaeologist (pivotal figure in the rediscovery of Maya civilization throughout Middle America), dies at 46
  • 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 at 61
  • 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, dies at 61
  • 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

Heinrich SchliemannHeinrich Schliemann (1822-1890)

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

  • 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

Gertrude BellGertrude Bell (1868-1926)

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

  • 1927-09-12 Walther Amelung, German archaeologist, dies at 61
  • 1930-05-23 R. D. Banerji, Indian archaeologist and historian (discovered ancient Indus city of Mohenjo-daro), dies at 45 [1]
  • 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

Howard CarterHoward Carter (1873-1939)

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

  • 1941-02-04 Johann Peter Kirsch, Luxembourg church historian and archaeologist, dies at 79
  • 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

Hiram BinghamHiram Bingham (1875-1956)

1956-06-06 American archaeologist who re-discovered the Incan site of Machu Picchu, dies at 80

  • 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

Louis LeakeyLouis Leakey (1903-1972)

1972-10-01 British paleoanthropologist and archaeologist (Olduvai Gorge; 1964 Richard Hooper Medal), dies at 68

  • 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
  • 1987-10-29 Kamal El Mallakh, Egyptian archaeologist (King Khufu Solar ship), and journalist, dies at 57
  • 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
  • 1994-07-19 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 (Mississippian culture), dies at 94
  • 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, British archaeologist and photographer, dies at 68
  • 1996-09-01 Charles Daniels, archaeologist, dies at 63
  • 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
  • 2020-06-17 Robert Buchanan, British archaeologist and founder of Bath University, dies at 90