Finding Archaeological Site Information

How to Find Archaeological Site Information

Contact Librarian: Miriam Rigby,; 346-7202

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Quick Tips:
  1. Keyword searching in Anthropology Plus and The Library's Worldcat Catalog is a good way to start. Some archaeological sites have very unique names, and a simple keyword search will find relevant information.
  2. Subject Heading searches will help you focus your search on the correct site, and avoid other things with the same name.

Subject Heading Examples by Type

  • Always look at the subject headings in successful results to further your search.
  • You usually will need to try searching by multiple subject headings to find all the information on your topic.

Archaeological sites are established individually as subject headings. The name of the site is the subject heading.

Sites are typically listed as "[Name] Site ([place])." Some places, such as states, are abbreviated. If you are unsure of the abbreviation, do a keyword search for the geographic location and check the subject headings that come up to find the appropriate abbreviation.

Some examples of site names are:

Variations on "Sites"
Some sites are called cave, tel, ruin, mound, etc. instead of "site." Some examples are:

And some other sites are refered to as  "Extinct cities":

Concepts & Issues
If you are not looking for a particular site or are researching broad archaeological concepts or issues, you can include words in your search that will help tailor your list of results:
Geographic Areas & People

If you do not know the name of a particular site or are interested in the archaeology of a geographic area, you can use broader term subject headings to do your search:

You may also search for a particular group or culture such as:

Or for more specific people & finds:

Types of Archaeology
"Excavations (Archaeology) -- [place]" works for finding actual digs:

Or, use the term "Archaeology" when looking for material about archaeology as a branch of learning:

Material Types
You can search by material or building type:

And you can do this within a specific geographic area as well: