1898 in archaeology
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The year 1898 in archaeology involved some significant excavations.
- Exploration of the site of Assur by German archaeologists begins.
- J. E. Quibell excavates the royal residences of various early Egyptian kings at Hierakonpolis in Upper Egypt.
- Excavations at Bremetennacum (Ribchester), Lancashire, England (1898–9).
- March - Victor Loret discovers Amenhotep II's mummy in his KV35 tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Kings within the original sarcophagus, together with a mummy cache containing several New Kingdom Pharaohs including Thutmose IV, Seti II and Ramesses III, IV and VI.
- Summer - The Bleasdale Circle, a Bronze Age timber and earthwork in Lancashire, England, is discovered by Thomas Kelsall.
- The Narmer Palette is found by J. E. Quibell while excavating the royal residences of various early Egyptian kings at Hierakonpolis in Upper Egypt.
- The site of Karakorum is identified as the former Mongol capital by Nikolai Yadrintsev, who discovers the Orkhon script during the same expedition.
- Willie Peppé, excavating a stupa at Piprahwa Kot, discovers ashes claimed to be of Gautama Buddha.
- Purported finding of the Kensington Runestone in Minnesota.