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Archaeology Article Databases

For Starters

  • Archaeological Research Links
    A directory of archaeological Web sites, with links to organizations, societies, journals, books, Global Positioning System (GPS) resources, Geographic Information System (GIS) and digital mapping, Cultural Resource Management (CRM), and other online references.
  • ARCHSEARCH: ARChaeological Holdings SEARCH system
    A searchable catalogue of 350,000 records for books, bibliographies, journals, digital archives, and other resources about the historic environment of Great Britain (also for some entries for several other countries). Most of these records have considerable information about the archaeological sites, including contact information and Web addresses.
  • Into Archaeology: Resources for Archaeological Professionals and Enthusiasts
    Visitors may choose from a variety of resources, including relevant news, book reviews, electronic journal and newsletter subscriptions, software tools, expert contacts, and articles. Searchable.
  • ArchNet
    ArchNet provides access to archaeological resources available on the Internet. Information is organized by geographic region and subject. A Virtual Library site.
  • National Archaeological Database
    The National Archeological Database is a computerized communications network for the archeological and historic preservation community. NADB was established to meet a congressional directive to improve access to information on archeological activities nationwide. NADB-Reports is an expanded bibliographic inventory of approximately 240,000 reports on archeological planning and investigation, mostly of limited circulation. This "gray literature" represents a large portion of the primary information available on archeological sites in the U.S. The last update occurred in November 1997 when some 110,000 reports were added to the database. NADB-Reports can be queried by state, county, worktype, cultural affiliation, keyword, material, year of publication, title, and author.

Sub-topics

Ancient Greece | Ancient Rome | Near East | Biblical | Egypt | Americas | Underwater Archaeology | Internet Journals

  • Ancient Greece

    • Metis: A QTVR Interface for for Ancient Greek Archaeological Sites
      A collection of QuickTime virtual reality tours of many Greek ruins, including the Acropolis, Delphi, Troy, and many more. Movies allow users to virtually walk through these sites;each has a link to more information and some have floor plans of the ruins. Requires the QuickTime plug-in and, depending on your available bandwith, the movies may be slow to load.
    • Mnemotrix ArchaeoSearch
      This search engine, a joint project of Mnemotrix Systems, Inc. and the Institute of Archaeology, searches web sites, news and discussion groups that specialize in ancient near east and classical studies.
  • Ancient Rome

    • Romarch: Roman Art and Archeology
      Edited by Pedar Foss (University of Cincinnati) and supported by the University of Michigan, Romarch is a wide-ranging index of resources on ancient Italy and the Roman world.
    • Pompeii Forum Project
      A project researching the Roman town buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79. Included in the site are photographs, eyewitness accounts by both Pliny the Elder and Younger, papers, a study investigating the seismic and volcanic structural response, and the annual reports of the project for 1995 and 1996.
    • Mnemotrix ArchaeoSearch
      This search engine, a joint project of Mnemotrix Systems, Inc. and the Institute of Archaeology, searches web sites, news and discussion groups that specialize in ancient near east and classical studies.
  • Near East

    • ABZU Bibliography
      Abzu is a guide to the rapidly increasing, and widely distributed data relevant to the study and public presentation of the Ancient Near East via the Internet. A search engine provides access to the many resources collected in this quality Internet bibliography.
    • Mnemotrix ArchaeoSearch
      This search engine, a joint project of Mnemotrix Systems, Inc. and the Institute of Archaeology, searches web sites, news and discussion groups that specialize in ancient near east and classical studies.
    • Okeanos
      Maintained by Scott Noegel, this gateway links to information related to the ancient Mediterranean world and Near East. One can find links to specialized bibliographies, institutional websites, museums, journals, scholars and much more.
    • Atlas of Archaeology: Middle East
    • Near East Archaeological Society
  • Biblical

    • Biblical Archaeology Society
      BAS is a nondenominational, educational organization seeking to disseminate information about archaeology in the Bible lands. Publishers the Biblical Archaeology Review .
    • Mnemotrix ArchaeoSearch
      This search engine, a joint project of Mnemotrix Systems, Inc. and the Institute of Archaeology, searches web sites, news and discussion groups that specialize in ancient near east and classical studies.
  • Egypt

    • Giza Plateau Mapping Project
      This site is of a project mapping the settlements of ancient Egypt at Giza. The annual reports for the project for 1991-1999 are available and contain the findings for each year. While the computer model for the Giza Plateau is still in development, models for Khufu pyramid and others are available, as is a rendering for the courtyard of the Sphinx temple. Included is a reprint of an article titled Excavation at Giza 1988-1991: The Location and Importance of the Pyramid Settlement by Mark Lehner, Associate Professor of Egyptology at the University of Chicago.
    • Theban Mapping Project (TMP)
      This Web site gives an overview of Egyptian history and archaeology and tours of major monuments and tombs. The site is in four parts, each accompanied by QuickTime Virtual Reality clips, including two panoramic views, a fly-through of KV5, and timed sequence of an actual dig. The site will provide up-to-the-minute reports on the excavation of KV5, the probable tomb for the children of Ramesses II and "the largest tomb ever found in Egypt." The TMP is preparing a comprehensive database of the monuments and tombs of Thebes, Luxor, and the Valley of the Kings. Available in French and German.
    • Ancient Egyptian Culture
      Organized by date and dynasty, this site provides brief descriptions of events and important people for each period. The Culture and Religion exhibits provide information on topics including medicine, calendars , and hieroglyphics . The Archaeology exhibit includes a history of Egyptology, archaeological sites, daily life in Ancient Egypt, and weird theories.
    • Duke Papyrus Archive: Ancient Egypt
      The Duke Papyrus Archive provides electronic access to texts about and images of papyri from ancient Egypt. The target audience includes: papyrologists, ancient historians, archaeologists, biblical scholars, classicists, Coptologists, Egyptologists, students of literature and religion and all others interested in ancient Egypt. Includes: -- Read about papyri in general. -- Search these papyrus web pages. -- Search the online catalogue records of the Duke papyrus collection (1,000 plus online records). -- Browse 200 images of and texts about Duke papyri.
  • Americas

    • Quipu: Dedicated to Researchers of Andean Archaeology
      Resource-rich directory that includes annotated links to artifact images, biology, carbon 14 calibration, computer aided design, conservation, country profiles, forensics, geology, map making, museum archives, radiocarbon dating, news sources, researchers and institutions, satellite imagery, site preservation, teaching tools, and Web-based publications. Also includes an online glossary, career development links, and tools for learning and using relevant languages, including Spanish, Quechua, and Aymara. Searchable. From librarians Bruce Harley and Pat Knobloch, San Diego State University.
    • Aeotihuacan - City of the Gods
      An exploration of this historic site in Mexico. Included are a description, chronology, maps, and photographs. There is extensive information about the Feathered Serpent Pyramid (Templo de Quetzalcoatl). Additionally, there is information about the Templo Mayor. Some information from the Centro de Estudios Teotihuacanos is available only in Spanish. Brief films (require QuickTime) are also provided. From the University of Arizona.
    • Archaeology Resources by Country
      A list of websites organized by country - primarily Central and South American. There are also links to publications, regional resources, and international resources. Part of the Latin American Network Information Center.
    • Chronological Table of Mesoamerican Archaeology
      Created by Dr. David Jordan at UC San Diego, the chronology is designed to accompany Michael D. Coe's two books The Maya (6th edition, 1999) and Mexico (4th edition, 1994), on which it is largely based. Two lists, people and periods, provide access to the chronology.
    • National Archaeological Database
      The National Archeological Database is a computerized communications network for the archeological and historic preservation community. NADB was established to meet a congressional directive to improve access to information on archeological activities nationwide. NADB-Reports is an expanded bibliographic inventory of approximately 240,000 reports on archeological planning and investigation, mostly of limited circulation. This "gray literature" represents a large portion of the primary information available on archeological sites in the U.S. The last update occurred in November 1997 when some 110,000 reports were added to the database. NADB-Reports can be queried by state, county, worktype, cultural affiliation, keyword, material, year of publication, title, and author.
    • Archaeological Parks in the US
      An archaeological park is an archaeological site that has been preserved and opened to the public. Commonly, they preserve archaeological sites with above-ground remains, such as the large and impressive mound complexes of the Southeast and Midwest or the ancient pueblos of the Southwest. This web site provides links to archaeological parks in the United States, in order to expedite finding them.
    • Cerén, El Salvador
      This multimedia site has video simulations of structures excavated at Cerén by Payson Sheets. This site has a brief introduction, slide shows, a QTVRs on topics found in Sheet's book Before the Volcano Erupted: The Ancient Cerén village in Central America , plus bibliographies and valuable, searchable databases (text, images, and artifacts). A pop-up window contains a menu to help navigate the site.
    • The Archaeology Channel
      This site attempts to "explore the human cultural heritage through streaming media." (Use Windows Media Player or RealPlayer.) The videos are about archeological sites and include Mesa Verde, Gila Cliff dwellings, mound builders, and others sites found in North America. There is also a site in Thailand. There are related links with each video.
  • Underwater Archaeology

    • Franck Goddio Society
      Information about the society and the expeditions of Franck Goddio and his team of archaeologists as they investigate and excavate subaqueous archaeological sites worldwide. Features the exploration and discoveries of the underwater ruins of the ancient city of Alexandria, submerged 1600 years ago, including the Palace of Cleopatra and sunken French ships, part of Napoleon Bonaparte's fleet, destroyed in 1798 by Admiral Nelson's British fleet. Includes RealVideo clips of the innovative technology used on these expeditions. Note: the heavy use of graphics and Java makes this an attractive site and one that can be slow to load.
    • Nordic Underwater Archaeology
      This large directory categorizes and annotates links to maritime archaeology resources worldwide. What is Underwater Archeology explores shipwrecks, ports, and dwellings around the Nordic coast. The Virtual Museum contains maritime archeological finds around the world including Egypt, Portugal, and Russia, with some information about the Titanic. Additionally, there are worldwide listings of Museums, Societies, Authorities & Contacts; Courses & Academic Departments; Projects; and Wrecks. There is also information on, and histories of, Replicas & Shipbuilding;a section on Documents, Literature, Journals, Conferences; information about Tools & Techniques;related Miscellaneous Links; Diving; and a Glossary.
    • Virtual Museum of Nautical Archaeology
      Images and descriptions of the shipwrecks and maritime archaeological sites (current and past) excavated by the Institute of Nautical Archaeology . Good background information and pictures (more than 1000) of the ships and artifacts from these projects make this an excellent resource for the armchair explorer.
  • Internet Journals

    • Assemblage: Sheffield Graduate Journal of Archaeology
      This journal is primarily for graduates, with the aim of providing experience in writing and publishing academic works in archaeology. It includes peer-reviewed research papers, news from the archaeology field, and reviews.
    • Archaeology Magazine
      The Archaeological Institute of America reports recent archaeological discoveries. Includes table of contents, news briefs. article abstracts and subscription information.
    • Athena Review: Journal of Archaeology, History, and Exploration
      Issues offer articles, images, and maps which examine paleoanthropology, palaeontology, recent archaeological finds throughout the world, plant domestication, and remote sensing. A guide to archaeology resources on the Internet also features.
    • Environmental Archaeology: The Journal of Human Palaeoecology
      Offers contents and some abstracts for articles from all fields of environmental archaeology, from methodology to synthesis and theory.
    • Internet Archaeology
      Journal publishing international archaeological research. Free registration required to view full text articles.
    • Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry
      This full text online journal focuses on the Mediterranean region and neighboring areas, publishing information on research, innovations, discoveries, applications and meetings. Published by the University of the Aegean, Department of Mediterranean Studies, Rhodes, Greece. Archaeology and the law, biblical archaeology, osteoarchaeology, and experimental archaeology are just a few of the topics included in the journal.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias


Associations and Organizations


Other Internet Guides

  • International Directory of Art Libraries
    A searchable directory of "nearly 3,000 libraries and library departments with specialized holdings in art, architecture, and archaeology throughout the world." Entries include address, telephone, fax, size of collection, e-mail, and Web site address if available. From the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Section of Art Libraries.
  • Collapse: Why do Civilizations Fall?
    A site that explores the decline of four ancient civilizations: the Maya, the early civilization of Mesopotamia, Chaco Canyon (the Anasazi of the Southwestern United States), and the Mali and Songhai of western Africa. The methods used by archeologists to understand why these particular civilizations collapsed are also presented. Links to related Internet resources and citations of print sources are available.
  • Tennessee Archaeology Net: Bibliographies for Archaeological Research
    Extensive directory of online archaeology bibliographies. Categories include Historical Archaeology, Lithic Studies, Foodways, Ethnobotany and Zooarchaeology, Bioarchaeology and Repatriation / Reburial Issues.