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ANTH 201: Introduction to Archaeology

Research Guide for ANTH 201

Finding Site Reports

Choose a book-length report on an archaeological site. This can be a site report found in the library or online, but it must be created by a reputable archaeologist and be substantial (200+ pages at least). When you find a Site Report you want to use, make sure you check with Dr. Chenoweth first about whether it's appropriate for this assignment.

Be aware that many site reports are not available online, you'll only be able to access their citations and abstracts. Don't get frustrated, just keep searching. Research is a trial and error process.

Here are some suggestions on where to look for interesting site reports:

  • Choose a geographical area that you're interested in, find the website for the archaeological society for that state/region, and then identify a particular site that you want to research. 
  • Google the name of the site you're interested in, along with site report or excavation
  • Browse this list of books about archaeology excavations available at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus
    • Most, but not all, of the books in this list are site reports.
    • Click on your region of interest under the Region heading in the list of Refine Search options to the left of the search hits
  • BAR Digital Collection: provides access to over 3000 academic archaeological research ebooks from around the world. Note that the search box for this database is at the top right of the landing page.
    • Warning: many BAR publications are collections about various sites or synthetic works, and not really site reports. To tell the difference, pay particular attention to length, with real site reports being much longer, and make sure that a volume is about one site, not many. 
  • The Digital Archaeological Record repository
    • Check the box beside Publicly Accessible Files in the list of Search Options to the left of the list of search hits
  • National Archaeological Database (NADB): was established to improve access to information on archeological activities nationwide. Browse their site reports or Search using the suggested keywords on the landing page.  
  • US National Park Service: Search a specific park’s website; many have Archaeological Divisions and make their reports available online. For instance:
    • Fort Vancouver
    • Independence National Historic Park (Philadelphia)
    • The African Burial Ground National Historic Park
    • Just search for “National Historic Park” and there’s a good chance archaeological reports will be present on the website of the one you’re interested in
  • The UK ArchaeologicalData Service
  • Archive of Mesopotamian Archaeology at SUNY Stoneybrooke (Iraq, Syria, Iran, etc.)
  • Or, Google up some terms or places you find interesting!
    • Just be sure it’s a real site report, not a collection of ideas by a non-professional, or a popular book.
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