1973 in archaeology
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- Meadowcroft Rock Shelter under James M. Adovasio.
- Heavenly Horse Tomb (Cheonmachong), a mounded tomb of Silla (c. AD 300/400-668) royalty in Gyeongju, Korea.
- Wilhelmina Feemster Jashemski and her colleagues has the opportunity to work on the previously undisturbed peristyle garden of the House of G. Polybius in Pompeii.
- Somerset Levels Project begins.
- Vindolanda tablets discovered by Robin Birley near Hadrian's Wall, England.
- Fossils of a human premolar and 40 mammalian species excavated at Locality 4 in Zhoukoudian, China.
- St Peter's Church, Dunwich, discovered submerged off the Suffolk coast of England by Stuart Bacon.
- First Mesa Redonda de Palenque conference in Palenque starts very productive process leading to major improvements in understanding Maya hieroglyphics and the iconography of Maya civilization.
- Tucson Garbage Project initiated by William Rathje.
- July 18 - Protection of Wrecks Act passed in the United Kingdom. The first site designated under it is the Cattewater Wreck at Plymouth on September 5.
- Coles, John. Archaeology by Experiment. London: Hutchinson University Library. ISBN 0-09-116870-8.
- Hawkes, Christopher; Hawkes, Sonia (eds.). Greeks, Celts, and Romans: studies in venture and resistance. London: Dent. ISBN 0460078429.
- Renfrew, Colin. Before Civilisation: the Radiocarbon Revolution and Prehistoric Europe. London: Cape. ISBN 0-224-00790-4.
- Renfrew, Jane M. Palaeoethnobotany: the prehistoric food plants of the Near East and Europe. London: Methuen. ISBN 0-416-16510-9.