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Archaeology is taught within the Anthropology program.


This guide will list some of the resources available at the COD Library that you can use to find information when doing research on Archaeology c issues and topics.

COD Anthropology Academic Program

COD Archaeological and Bioarchaeological Field School

A list of various topics can be found below.

Over on the right are some other research tools that you can use to find information.

Be sure to ask for help at the Reference desks if you have questions or problems.

Ancient Civlizations - Reference Works

Why Reference Sources?

Is your research topic too big to cover in a short paper?  Is your topic so specific that sources will be hard to find?

Before you even begin your research, start the process with reference sources-- in the Library's Reference Section or online in our databases.  Reference books, like subject encyclopedias, can give you a head start and make your research easier in the long run.  Use reference sources to:

  • find a topic
  • narrow your topic
  • find keywords
  • get background information on your topic

Ancient Astronomy : An Encyclopedia of Cosmologies and Myth. Ref. QB16 .R 84 2005
Ancient Europe 8000 B.C.--A.D. 1000 : Encyclopedia of the Barbarian World. Reference D 62 .A 52 2004
Ancient Man: A Handbook of Puzzling Artifacts. General GN 741 .A 52 1978
Atlas of Ancient Archaeology. General GN 739 .H 38 1974
Atlas of Classical History. Reference G 1033 .G 65 1994
Atlas of the Ancient Near East.
Atlas of the Ancient World. General G 1033 .O 5 1992
The Classical Tradition (an encyclopedia).
Dictionary of Ancient Near Eastern Mythology. Reference BL1060 .L 44 1991
Dictionary of Classical Mythology. Reference BL 715 .G 713 1986

Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity

Encyclopedia of Ancient Literature.

Encyclopedia of DesertsReference  GB 611 .E 65 1999 

Encyclopedia of Invasions and Conquests from Ancient Times to the Present.

Encyclopedia of the Ancient Near East.  Reference  DS 57 .A 677 2000
Encyclopedia of the Ancient World. Reference CB 311 .E 54 2002

Encyclopedia of Warrior Peoples and Fighting Groups.
Encyclopedia of Women in the Ancient World.
Imperial China: 627 - 1644. Reference DS 749.3 .I 46 2003
The Oxford Classical Dictionary. Reference DE 5 .O 9 2012
The Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization. Reference DE 5 .O 94 2014
The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity
Science in the Ancient World: An Encyclopedia.  Reference  Q 124.95 .L 39 2004
Sports and Games of the Ancients. General GV 17 .C 73 2002
West African Kingdoms: 500 - 1590. Reference DT 476 .W 48 2004

Ancient Civilizations - Byzantine Empire

Byzantine Empire background reading

The Byzantine Empire:  A Historical Encyclopedia.
Daily Life in the Byzantine Empire. General DF 521 .R 37 2006
Historical Dictionary of Byzantium.
Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium. Reference DF 521 .O 93 1991
List of COD Library books on the Byzantine Empire

Ancient Civlizations - Egypt

Ancient Egypt background reading

Ancient Egyptian Social Networks

Egyptian Culture as African Culture background reading
Cultural Atlas of Ancient Egypt. Reference DT 60 .B 34 2000
Daily Life of the Ancient Egyptians. 

Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt
Encyclopedia of the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt. Reference DT 58 .E 53 1999
Handbook to Life in Ancient Egypt. General DT 83 .D 23 1998
The Nile: An Encyclopedia of Geography and Culture.
Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt. Reference DT 58 .O 94 2001
Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt. General G 2491 .S 2 M 3 1996
Voices of Ancient Egypt : Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life. General DT 61 .V 65 2014

List of COD Library books on Ancient Egypt

Ancient Civilizations - Greece

Ancient Greece background reading

Ancient Greece and Alcohol background reading

Ancient Greek Social Networks background reading
Ancient Greece and Rome: An Encyclopedia. Reference DE 5 .A 57 1998
Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Atlas Stand G 1033 .B 3 2000
Conflict in Ancient Greece and Rome: The Definitive Political, Military and Social Encyclopedia.
Daily Life in the Hellenistic Age. General DE71 .E 98 2012
Daily Life of the Ancient Greeks.
Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece. Reference DF 16 .E 52 2006

Encyclopedia of the Ancient Greek World
Greek and Roman Sport : A Dictionary of Athletes and Events from the Eighth Century B.C. to the Third Century A.D. General GV 17 .M 38 1991
Handbook to Life in Ancient Greece. General DF 77 .A 35 1997

The Homer Encyclopedia
Who's Who in Greek and Roman Mythology. General BL 715 .K 7 1976

List of COD Library  books on Ancient Greece

Ancient Civilizations - Mesopotamia

Mesopotamia background reading
Ancient Mesopotamia: 3300-331 B.C.E. Reference DS 69.5 .W 35 2005
The Ancient Near East: An Encyclopedia for Students. Reference DS 57 .A 677 2000
Cultural Atlas of Mesopotamia and the Ancient Near East. Reference DS 69.5 .R 63 1990
Daily Life in Ancient Mesopotamia. General DS 69.5 .N 4 1998
Dictionary of Ancient Near Eastern Mythology. Reference BL 1060 .L 44 1991

Gods, Demons, and Symbols of Ancient Mesopotamia:  An Illustrated Dictionary.   Reference  BL 2350 .I 7 B 57 1992b
Handbook to Life in Ancient Mesopotamia. General DS 69.5 .B 47 2002
Historical Atlas of Ancient Mesopotamia. General G 2251 .S 1 B 3 2004

Historical Dictionary of Mesopotamia.

List of COD  Library books on  Mesopotamia

Ancient Civilizations - Rome

Artifacts from Ancient Rome.
Atlas of Ancient Rome. Reference DG 63 .A 85 2017
Atlas of the Roman World. General DG 77 .G 597 1982
Conflict in Ancient Greece and Rome: The Definitive Political, Military and Social Encyclopedia.
Daily Life in Ancient Rome. General DG 78 .D 8713 1993
Daily Life in the Roman City. General DG 78 .A 53 2004

Encyclopedia of Ancient Rome.
Encyclopedia of the Roman Empire. General DG 270 .B 86 1994
Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome. General DG 77 .A 35 1994
Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Rome. General G 1033 .S 28 1995a
The World of Ancient Rome : A Daily Life Encyclopedia. 

List of COD Library books on Ancient Rome and the Roman Empire

Biblical Archaeology

What is Biblical Archaeology?
Archaeology and Religion background reading
Archaeology in the Middle East background reading.
The Biblical Archaeology Society


Print atlases can be found at the BS 630 [Bible Studies] and the G 2230 call number areas in both the Reference and General circulating collections.
.....Atlas of Holy Places and Sacred Sites. Reference BL 580 .W 55 1996
.....Atlas of the Bible.
.....Cultural Atlas of Ancient Egypt. Reference DT 60 .B 34 2000
.....Historical Atlas of Jerusalem. General DS 109.9 .B 455 2002
.....Historical Atlas of the Middle East. General G 2206 .S 1 F 7 1993

Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land. Reference DS 111 .A 2 A 73 2001
Daily Life in Biblical Times. General DS 425 .A 953 1965
Daily Life in the New Testament. General BR 165 .E 76 2008
Digging through the Bible : Understanding Biblical People, Places, and Controversies through Archaeology. General BS 621 .F 736 2009
Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity. Reference BR 66.5 .D 5813 2014
Encyclopedia of the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt. Reference DT 58 .E 53 1999
Encyclopedia of Religion. Reference BL 31 .E 46 2005
Encyclopedia of Sacred Places. Reference BL 580 .B 76 2011
The Holy Land : An Oxford Archaeological Guide : From Earliest Times to 1700. General DS 111 .M 8 1998
The New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land. General DS 111.A 2 E 5813 1993
The New International Dictionary of Biblical Archaeology. Reference BS 622 .N 48 1983
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East. Reference DS 56 .O 9 1997
The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Archaeology.

The Ultimate Bible Dictionary:  A Quick and Concise Guide to the People, Places, Objects and Events in the Bible

Medieval / Middle Ages / Celts / Vikings

The Society for Medieval Archaeology
Medieval Archaeology background reading
List of books on daily life during the Medieval period.
List of books at the COD Library on Celtic culture.
List of books at the COD Library on Vikings.

All Things Medieval: An Encyclopedia of the Medieval World.
An Atlas for Celtic Studies : Archaeology and Names in Ancient Europe and Early Medieval Ireland, Britain, and Brittany. Reference CB 206 .K 634 2007
An Atlas of Anglo-Saxon England. General G 1816 .S 2 1981
Artifacts from Medieval Europe. General D 125 .T 73 2015
Atlas of Medieval Europe. Reference G 1791 .M 2 2007
Atlas of the Medieval World. Reference D 117 .M 35 2004
Atlas of the Year 1000. General G 1034 .M 15 1999
The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Anglo-Saxon England. Reference DA 152 .B 58 1999
Celtic Culture: A Historical Encyclopedia. Reference CB 206 .C 45 2006
Cultural Atlas of the Viking World. Reference DL 65 .C 84 1994
Daily Life in Arthurian Britain. General DA 152.2 .S 528 2013
Daily Life in Medieval Europe. General D119 .S 55 1999
Daily Life in the Medieval Islamic World. General DS 36.855 .L 564 2005
Daily Life in the Ottoman Empire. General DR 432 .K 43 2011
Daily Life in the World of Charlemagne. Genera lDC 33.2 .R 5413 1978
Daily Life of the Vikings. General DL 65 .W 65 2004
Dictionary of the Middle Ages. Reference D 114 .D 5 1982
Early Peoples of Britain and Ireland. Reference DA 135 .E 27 2008

Empires at War:  A Chronological Encyclopedia.  General  U29 .G 232 2005

Encyclopedia of Medieval Africa
Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature

Encyclopedia of the Ottoman Empire

Encyclopaedia of the Viking Age. Reference DL 65 .H 39 2000
Encyclopedia of Celtic Mythology and Folklore. Reference BL 900 .M 66 2004
The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Global Medieval Life and Culture.
Medieval Archaeology journal. Volumes 1-50 available free online.
Medieval Archaeology: An Encyclopedia. Reference D 125 .M 42 2001
Medieval England: An Encyclopedia. Reference DA 129 .M 43 1998
Medieval Europe, 814-1350. Reference D 102 .M 38 2002
Medieval France: An Encyclopedia. Reference DC 33.2 .M 44 1995
Medieval Germany: An Encyclopedia.
Medieval Iberia: An Encyclopedia. (2003)
Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia. Reference DS 36.85 .M 434 2006
Medieval Italy: An Encyclopedia. Reference DG 443 .M 43 2004
Medieval Jewish Civilization: An Encyclopedia. Reference DS 124 .M 386 2003
Sports and Games of Medieval Cultures. General GV 1200 .W 55 2002


Library Research Guide on Mesoamerica

Mesoamerican Civilization background  reading
Archaeology of Ancient Mexico and Central America: An Encyclopedia. Reference F 1218.6 .A 73 2001
Archaeology of Prehistoric Native America : An Encyclopedia. Reference E 77.9 .A 72 1998
Atlas of Ancient America. Reference E 61 .C 66 1986
Daily Life in Peru under the Last Incas. General F 3429 .B 3843 D2 1962
Daily Life in the Incan Empire. General F 3429 .M 26 1996
Daily Life in the Mayan Civilization. General F 1435 .S 54 1996
Daily LIfe in Pre-Columbian Native America. General E 61 .C 74 2008
Daily Life of the Aztecs. General F 1219.73 .C 355 2011
Encyclopedia of Ancient Mesoamerica. General F 1219 .B 932 1996
Encyclopedia of the Ancient Maya.
Encyclopedia of the Incas.
Handbook to Life in the Ancient Maya World. General F 1435 .F 676 2002
Handbook to Life in the Aztec World. General F 1219.73 .A 35 2007
Historical Dictionary of Ancient Mesoamerica.
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures. Reference F 1218.6 .O 95 2001

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