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- Spring: Explorations at Timna in Yemen by Wendell Phillips of the American Foundation for the Study of Man (continues in 1951).
- Excavations at Stonehenge by R. J. C. Atkinson, Stuart Piggott and J. F. S. Stone.
- Excavations at Wharram Percy by Maurice Beresford begin.
- Excavations at Beitin.
- Excavations at Gordium by the University of Pennsylvania Museum under Rodney S. Young begin.
- March 1 - A hoard of Roman coins is discovered at Hordley Grange, Shropshire, England.
- May 8 - A bog body known as "Tollund Man" is discovered in Denmark.
- The Upchurch Hoard is discovered in Upchurch, Kent, England.
- A third premolar is discovered in materials sent back to Sweden by Otto Zdansky from his excavations of the Peking Man site at Zhoukoudian, China in 1921 and 1923.
- Balfarg, a prehistoric site in Fife, Scotland, is discovered through air photography.
- The Garima Gospels at Abba Garima Monastery first become known to Western scholars.
- T. C. Lethbridge - Herdsmen and Hermits: Celtic Seafarers in the Northern Seas.
- V. E. Nash-Williams - The Early Christian Monuments of Wales.
- January 25 - Phil Harding, English field archaeologist
- Barbara Tsakirgis, American classical archaeologist
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