1846 in archaeology
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- Johann Georg Ramsauer discovers a large prehistoric cemetery near Hallstatt.
- Ephraim Squier and Edwin Davis find and describe Serpent Mound.
- The Rev. John Wilson publishes "Antiquities found at Woodperry, Oxon", an early account of excavations at a medieval village site (in Oxfordshire, England).
- Jacques Boucher de Crèvecœur de Perthes first publishes his discoveries over the previous two decades of a worked flint implement in the context of elephant and rhinoceros remains in the gravels of the Somme valley
- John Disney publishes first edition of Museum Disneianum
- Journal of the British Archaeological Association first published
- August 10 - The Smithsonian Institution is founded in Washington, D.C.
- The Cambrian Archaeological Association is founded in Wales by Harry Longueville Jones and John Williams (Ab Ithel) and launches its journal Archaeologia Cambrensis.
- The French School at Athens is founded.
- Archaeological Journal 3 (1846): 117-28.
- "Our History - Smithsonian Institution". www.si.edu. Retrieved 17 May 2017.