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- Work begins at Pueblo Bonito and other sites in Chaco Canyon by Neil Merton Judd for the National Geographic Society (through 1927).
- Work begins on the Philistine site at Ashkelon by John Garstang (through 1921).
- Dura-Europos is discovered by a French army officer
- O. G. S. Crawford is appointed as the first Archaeology Officer of the Ordnance Survey in the United Kingdom
- 22 January: Richard J. C. Atkinson, prehistorian & archaeologist (d. 1994)
- 21 May: John Chadwick, co-decipherer of Linear B (d. 1998)
- 17 July: Heinrich Dressel, German archaeologist (born 1845).
- Robert Munro, Scottish archaeologist (born 1835).
- Morley, Sylvanus Griswold (1920). "The inscriptions at Copan". worldcat.org. The Carnegie Institution of Washington. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
- "Obituary: Professor Richard Atkinson". The Independent. 17 October 1994. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
- "Obituary: John Chadwick". The Independent. 4 December 1998. Retrieved 30 May 2017.