1888 in archaeology
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The year 1888 in archaeology involved some significant events.
- Chaco Canyon is surveyed and photographed by Victor and Cosmos Mindeleff of the Bureau of American Ethnology.
- Heinrich Schliemann attempts to locate the tomb of Alexander the Great in Alexandria, but is denied permission to excavate.
- May 22 - Augustus Pitt Rivers begins excavation of Bokerly Dyke.
- Excavations of Nippur sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania begin (continues through 1900).
- Excavations of the Cadmea (Καδμεία, citadel) in Thebes, Greece, by the German Archaeological Institute at Athens begin.
- Carl Humann directs new excavations in Sam'al and a trial excavation in Tralles (modern Aydin).
- December 18: Discovery of three villages by Richard Wetherill and his brother-in-law Charlie Mason while tracking stray cattle: Cliff Palace, Spruce Tree House, and Square Tower House; now part of Mesa Verde National Park.
- Llantwit Major Roman Villa.
- The Mourning Athena relief is found near the Acropolis of Athens.
- American Anthropologist journal is founded.
- February 1: Gertrude Caton Thompson, English archaeologist of Africa (died 1985)
- August 16: T. E. Lawrence, British archaeologist of the Middle East, military officer, diplomat and author (d. 1935)
- Saunders, Nicholas (2007). Alexander's Tomb: The Two-Thousand Year Obsession to Find the Lost Conqueror. Basic Books. p. xii. ISBN 0465006213.
- Thompson, M. W. (1977). General Pitt-Rivers: evolution and archaeology in the 19th century. Bradford-on-Avon: Moonraker Press. pp. 100–1. ISBN 0-239-00162-1.
- "The scientific work". Archaeological Museum of Thebes. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
- "National Geographic Society Founded". National Geographic. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
- "Gertrude Caton Thompson". britannica.com. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
- "TE Lawrence (1888 - 1935)". BBC History. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
- "Lucy Myers Wright Mitchell - American archaeologist and missionary". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 17 May 2017.