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Archaeology: Getting started

A guide to resources for archaeologists at Oxford.

Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended for students and researchers at the University of Oxford seeking support in Archaeology, although students and researchers from any field may find it useful.

Use this guide to find out about printed and online resources, including ebooks, ejournals, databases, and special collections for Archaeology.  If you are studying Archaeology with the Department for Continuing Education please see “Archaeology for Continuing Education”.    

Finding books for archaeology

Oxford has a wide range of ebooks for archaeology and printed books, including the main collection in the Art, Archaeology and Ancient World Library. For more detailed info about our book collections visit our books page of this guide.

Key journals

A lot of journals, as well as being available in print, are available online and can be searched via SOLO or eJournals A-Z. Below are a few of the top journals for archaeology below but you can find a longer list on the journals page of this guide.

Key databases

Oxford subscribes to many bibliographic databases. They can be used to locate journal articles, conference proceedings, books, patents, images, data and more. You can find some of the key databases for archaeology below, but take a look at the databases page of this guide for more titles.

Online resources

Oxford provides access to many online resources relevant to archaeology.  These resources provide access to site reports, maps, and images.  More information can be found on the online resources page.

Key libraries