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The following are resources to assist with research in archaeology. Since archaeology can encompass a wide range of topics and subjects, try combining search terms or place names when searching. Here are some suggested subject terms and keywords:

  anthropology               lithic
  architecture               [Name of place]
  ceramics                   Neolithic
  coins                      numismatics
  epigraphy                  Paleolithic  
  ethnography                pottery    
  excavation                 prehistoric   
  inscriptions               sculpture
  landscape archaeology      survey

Liaison Librarian: Anna Kozlowska, 717-245-1849


General Resources for Archaeology: Books

Search the Dickinson Library Catalog to view books and films at the Waidner-Spahr Library.

Books are shelved by call number in the Main and Reference Stacks (Click here for maps of the library). For additional location information, ask at the circulation desk.

Use WorldCat to locate books that our library does not own.

Use our Borrow From Other Libraries service to request the books via interlibrary loan.

Reference Sources

The following are reference sources that can provide you with general background information, help you choose a topic, and find information to get started with your research. For additional reference sources, search the catalog and limit your search to Reference stacks, main level.

General Archaeology Reference

Encyclopedia of Archaeology electronic encyclopedia.

Encyclopedia of Archaeology: History and Discoveries electronic encyclopedia.

Archaeological Method and Theory: An Encyclopedia REF CC75 .A654 2000

Archaeology of the Americas Reference

Archaeology of Ancient Mexico and Central America: An Encyclopedia REF F1218.6 .A73 2000

Archaeology of Prehistoric Native America: An Encyclopedia REF E77.9 .A72 1998

Mediterranean Archaeology Reference

Encyclopedia of the History of Classical Archaeology REF DE5 .E5 1995

Greece: An Oxford Archaeological Guide REF DF78 .M44 2001

The Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture REF N5610 .G76 2007

The Oxford Classical Dictionary REF DE5 .O9 1996

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites REF DE59 .P7 1976

Rome: An Oxford Archaeological Guide REF DG62 .C53 1998

Near Eastern Archaeology Reference

Encyclopaedia Judaica Online. Features more than 21,000 entries on Jewish life, culture, history, and religion, written by Israeli, American, and European subject specialists. Log in may be required.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East REF DS56 .O9 1997


The following is a selective list of archaeology journals.

For a full list of journals related to archaeology, see the Journal Locator, and select “History and Archaeology” in the “Browse Journals by Subject” drop-down menu. Click on each title for location information-- some journals will be available online and some in print at the library.

To search for articles within journals, use one or more of the databases suggested below.

General Archaeology Journals

Journal of Field Archaeology

World Archaeology

Archaeology of the Americas Journals

American Antiquity

Evolutionary Anthropology

Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology

Southeastern Archaeology

Mediterranean Archaeology Journals

American Journal of Archaeology


Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology

Near Eastern Archaeology Journals

All of these journals are indexed by the ATLA database.

Biblical Archaeology Review

Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research

Journal of Near Eastern Studies

Near Eastern Archaeology


A complete list of Dickinson's databases can be found on the library's database page. Databases locate articles, book reviews, and book chapters, and some will provide full text. Some databases are also useful for locating images.

General Databases

The following databases are useful for general archaeology topics.

Arts and Humanities Search Secondary source arts and humanities journals from international publishers. Some full-text available through the library's "Get It" feature. Covers journals published between 1980 to the present.

ARTstor A massive collection of images covering art, architecture, and archeology, made up of several distinct image collections. Collections can be searched as a whole or individually. ***It is necessary to turn off your browser's pop-up blocker for ARTstor to work properly.*** To connect to the ARTstor image collections, click on the orange "GO" button in the upper right-hand corner of the ARTstor homepage.

Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) A citation-only index of articles, art-related books, conference proceedings, dissertations, and art exhibition and dealer's catalogs. Covers European and American art from late antiquity to the present. Items in the index have been published between 1975 to present. Some full-text coverage may be available through the library's "Get It!" feature.

Google Scholar Locates scholarly articles in a variety of fields. If the full text of the article is not available and you are on campus, click on the "Resources @ Dickinson" link to find or request it. If you are off campus, enable the "Resources @ Dickinson" link by clicking "Scholar Preferences" and selecting "Dickinson College - Full-text @ Dickinson". If the result is in a book, click "Library Search" (if available) or search for the book in the Dickinson Library catalog.

Grove Art Online The definitive encyclopedia for art and art history. Grove Art includes thumbnail art images and line drawings, image links, and bibliographies.

Humanities Full Text A full-text database that covers journal articles in Archaeology, Area Studies, Art, Classical Studies, Communications, Dance, Film, Gender Studies, History, Journalism, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, and Religion. Articles in this database have been published between 1984 to the present.

JSTOR An interdisciplinary archive of over 600 journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Project MUSE A multi-disciplinary database of full text articles from scholarly journals in both humanities and social sciences. Most journals covered are up to date. Can be used as complementary to JSTOR as the latter covers mostly archival issues.

Archaeology of the Americas Databases

In addition to the databases above, the following databases may be useful for topics in Archaeology of the Americas.

America: History & Life History and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. Includes secondary source articles, books, and book reviews published between 1964 to present. Some full-text links included. Use the library's "Get It!" button to obtain materials with no direct full-text link. Not a good source for ancient or medieval history, or for topics not dealing with North America.

Anthropology Plus This is the online version of "Anthropological Literature" from Harvard University and "Anthropological Index" from the UK's Royal Anthropological Institute. It covers international journals from the early 19th century to the present. In addition to journal articles, it includes citations for reports, commentaries, edited works and obituaries in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture and interdisciplinary studies. • Coverage Range: Late 19th century to present • Citations Only • 5 Simultaneous Users

AnthroSource Full-text database of the 20 journals, newsletters, and bulletins published by the American Anthropological Association. Links to JSTOR are provided for full-text access to major AAA journals published in 1996 and prior. On PCs it works best with the Internet Explorer browser; on MACs it works best with Firefox.

Mediterranean Archaeology Databases

Additional databases for Mediterranean Archaeology topics

L'Annee Philologique An index to research on all aspects of greco-roman antiquity. Covers a broad range of subjects, from language and literature to history to archaeology and more. Click "Full Text" to search or "Subjects and disciplines" to browse.

Atreus: Treasury of Mycenaean Bibliography An on-line search engine/database of books and articles in Mycenaean archaeology, classified by author, subject, and region, with a full index on the site of Mycenae. • Citations Only

ICON: Archaeology The ICON Archaeology collection consists of over 10,000 digital images related to the ancient history of the Mediterranean region. Images include dig sites, artifacts, and architecture. This collection is available for all Dickinson faculty and students to use in their teaching and research.

TOCS-IN (Tables of Contents of Journals of Interest to Classicists) TOCS-IN provides the tables of contents of a selection of Classics, Near Eastern Studies, and Religion journals, both in text format and through a Web search program. Where possible, links are given with articles for which the full text or an abstract is available online.

Near Eastern Archaeology Databases

Additional databases for Near Eastern Archaeology topics

ATLA Religion (American Theological Library Association) Covers articles, essays in books, and book reviews in the field of religion. Covers all religious traditions, with the strongest coverage in the Judeo-Christian tradition. • Coverage Range: 1949 to present • Full-Text

RAMBI: Index of Articles on Jewish Studies A bibliography of articles in the various fields of Jewish studies and in the study of Eretz Israel. Material is compiled from thousands of periodicals and from collections of articles - in Hebrew, Yiddish, and European languages - mainly from the holdings of the Jewish National and University Library. To search, click "Rambi Web". • Coverage Range: Approximately 1966 - present • Citations Only -- Click on "English" in the upper right corner to view the page in English.

Other Resources

Mediterranean Archaeology Resources

Bryn Mawr Classical Review Bryn Mawr Classical Review publishes book reviews of current scholarly work in the field of classical studies (including archaeology).

A list of further on-line resources is maintained by the Department of Archaeology here.

Related Research Guides


Art & Art History

Classical Studies


Medieval & Early Modern Studies