1897 in archaeology
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The year 1897 in archaeology involved some significant events.
- Rudolf Ernst Brünnow and Alfred von Domaszewski begin a two-year expedition to the Arabian Peninsula, including Petra.
- Excavation of Glastonbury Lake Village by Arthur Bulleid and Harold St George Gray begins.
- Maud Cunnington carries out her first excavations in the Devizes area of England.
- Excavation of the first Mycenaean chamber tombs in Kolonaki at Thebes, Greece, by Dimitrios Filios.
- May - Yde Girl, a bog body, is discovered in the village of Yde, The Netherlands.
- August 4 - The "Lady of Elche" Iberian sculpture (4th century BCE) is found at L'Alcúdia near Elche in Spain.
- Coligny calendar.
- Alekanovo inscription.
- February 18 - Conclusion of the Benin Expedition of 1897, leading to the Benin Bronzes being carried off to London.
- William Copeland Borlase - The Dolmens of Ireland: their distribution, structural characteristics, and affinities in other countries, together with the folklore attaching to them; supplemented by considerations on the anthropology, ethnology, and traditions of the Irish people (3 vols, London).
- June 1 - Yang Zhongjian, father of Chinese vertebrate paleontology (d. 1979).
- August 21 - Victor Erle Nash-Williams, Welsh archaeologist (d. 1955).
- October 30 - Einar Gjerstad, Swedish archaeologist of the ancient Mediterranean (d. 1988).
- May 5 - James Theodore Bent, English explorer, archaeologist and author (b. 1852).
- May 21 - Augustus Wollaston Franks, English antiquarian (b. 1826).