1882 in archaeology
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The year 1882 in archaeology involved some significant events.
- Expeditions led by Alfred Maudslay and Désiré Charnay independently arrive at the Maya site of Yaxchilan.
- Nature of site at Heuneburg identified by Eduard Paulus.
- Carl Humann works at Smyrna (with Alfred von Domaszewski) on behalf of the Prussian Academy of Sciences and at Sam'al for the Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft.
- Panagiotis Stamatakis begins excavation of the group tomb of the warriors from Thespiae who fell in the Battle of Delium (424 BCE) in Boeotia.
- Robert Munro - Ancient Scottish Lake Dwellings or Crannogs.
- The Egypt Exploration Fund is set up in the UK by Amelia Edwards and Reginald Stuart Poole.
- The Ancient Monuments Protection Act is passed in the United Kingdom and establishes protection of ancient monuments. General Pitt-Rivers is appointed the first Inspector of Ancient Monuments.