Archaeology

Principal Periodical Databases

  • JSTOR
    Full text of core scholarly journals not including the latest 3-5 years. Searches can be restricted to archaeological journals.
  • America: History and Life
    An index to journals covering the history and prehistory of the U.S. and Canada
  • Historical abstracts
    An index to journals covering the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the U.S. and Canada). Unfortunately no coverage of ancient civilizations nor pre-history
  • AnthroSource
    Full text access to American Anthropological Association journals. Limited coverage of archaeology and ethnoarchaeology.
  • ATLA religion database with ATLASerials
    Principally an index to religion and theology journals, but includes coverage of biblical and some classical archaeology.
  • Nature
    Over many decades, Archaeology has been a strong component of this premier science journal.
  • AATA Online (Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts)
    A database of abstracts of literature related to the preservation and conservation of material cultural heritage.

Call Numbers

  • CC: Archaeology
    Here you'll find books on archaeology as a discipline, and related subjects such as methodology, preservation, and study and teaching
  • GN281-289: Human evolution. Human fossils. Human paleontology
    As long as the emphasis in on the anthropological perspective, books will be found here. If the approach is more biological, the book will be found in QH368.
  • GN700-890: Prehistoric archaeology
    Here you'll find books on actual archaeological sites, excavasions, and antiquities, but only from the most ancient of days, and not all books on those topics will be here.
  • D through F: History
    Here you may find books about archaeological sites, excavasions, and antiquities, if they date back only as far as the historical era. For example, some books on the archaeology of Africa will be found in the DTs, but others will be found in the GNs. Most books on the archaeology of Indians of North America will be found between E77 and E99.

Subject Headings

Resources for Primary Sources

Early Encounters in North America: Peoples, Cultures and the Environment -- an Alexander Street press collection

Internet Archive: Texts & Hathi Trust
Both resources contain a wide range of books, both fiction and non-fiction. Many historical texts that are no longer in print or commercially available and older than 1922 can be freely accessed in full-text. An advantage of the Internet Archive and the Hathi Trust over GoogleBooks, is that texts are available in multiple formats and, with certain limits in place, pages or whole works can be printed, copied, and downloaded.

Smithsonian contributions to anthropology