Archaeology Bibliography

If you are interested in learning about Archaeology, these are some of the items in Memorial Library’s collection that you might enjoy.  You can check their availability and request them online at

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American Archaeology Uncovers the Westward Movement (J978 H888); Underground Railroad (J973.71 H888); the Vikings (J948 H888); Earliest English Colonies (J973.2 H888); the Dutch Colonies (J973.2 H888) by Lois Miner Huey brings different eras to life through artifacts and field research. Each volume begins with an introduction that defines "historical archaeology" and explains its value. She presents better-known archaeological mysteries, such as that of the Lost Colony of Roanoake, as well as more obscure ones, such as the escaped-slave community at Fort Mose in Florida.

Beneath the Sands of Egypt: Adventures of an Unconventional Archaeologist by Donald P. Ryan recounts the author's adventures discovering the tomb of Egypt's famous female pharaoh, Hatshepsut, in the Valley of the Kings and discusses his experiences becoming an archaeologist and dealing with eccentric colleagues.  932 R988

Digging for Richard III: The Search for the Lost King by Mike Pitts offers a compelling detective story as the evidence is uncovered and includes photographs from the author's own archives.   Biography Richard III

The First Americans: In Pursuit of Archaeology's Greatest Mystery by J. M. Adovasio looks at who were the first humans in the Americas, and how and when they got here.  In no small part because of his work, our notions of who first peopled the Western Hemisphere, how they arrived, and how they lived have been forever changed.  970.1 A241  

Hands-On Archaeology: Real-Life Activities for Kids by John R. White shows any teacher or parent how to help kids become young archaeologists. J930.1 W585

Living on the Boott: Historical Archaeology at the Boott Mills Boardinghouses, Lowell, MA by Stephen Mrozowski, Grace Ziesing and Mary Beaudry is an introduction to the historical archaeology of the workers’ quarters at the Boott Textile Mill and demonstrates how archaeology has added to the understanding of past mill life.  974.44 L914m

A Program of Archaeological Data Recovery: The Pine Hawk Site by Joseph Waller and Duncan Ritchie is a large and detailed report about the Acton site and artifacts.  Ref 970.4 P976 and Acton Coll. 970.4 P976

Secrets in the Sand: The Archaeology of Cape Cod by Fred Dunford and Greg O’Brien includes a compelling picture of the indigenous people who lived on the Cape through the centuries and a detailed look at the work and methodology of archaeologists.  974.49 D915

Secrets of the Past  Junior archaeologists explain what archaeology is and how archaeologists work in different environments around the world, as well as what their findings can tell us about different cultures.  Includes activities.  J031 C536

Who Came First: New Clues to Prehistoric Americans by Patricia Lauber presents recent archaeological findings about the first people to settle the Americas, how they got there and from what continent they came.  J970.1 L366


updated 10/2016