1981 in archaeology
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The year 1981 in archaeology involved some significant events.
- June: Owen Beattie of the University of Alberta begins the 1845–48 Franklin Expedition Forensic Anthropology Project (FEFAP) on King William Island to trace Franklin's lost expedition.
- Late ice age tools found in inland Tasmania.
- Full photographic survey of the wreck of the Breadalbane in the Northwest Passage.
- Ain Ghazal is discovered during road construction outside Amman, Jordan.
- Excavation of Etruscan (or Greek) shipwreck of c. 600 BC off Isola del Giglio, Italy, directed by Mensun Bound, begins.
- David Burgess-Wise - Automobile Archaeology (Cambridge, England: Patrick Stephens Ltd).
- Derek Roe - The Lower and Middle Palaeolithic Periods in Britain (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul).
- Ceremonial decorated bronze Celtic Agris Helmet found in a cave near Agris in southwestern France.
- Wreck of RMS Republic (1903) located off Nantucket by Captain Martin Bayerle.
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- June 12 - Film Raiders of the Lost Ark, featuring fictional 1930s archaeologist Indiana Jones, is released.
- Colin Renfrew is elected to the Disney Professorship of Archaeology in the University of Cambridge.
- Riace bronzes are put on show in Italy for the first time since their discovery in 1972.
- Pickford, Nigel (1999). Lost Treasure Ships of the Twentieth Century. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society. ISBN 0-7922-7472-5.
- "Treasure of the RMS Republic". New York: MVSHQ, Inc. 2009. Retrieved 2012-03-22.
- "'Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark': 1981 review". NY Daily News. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
- "The Riace bronzes- 43 years ago, the bronze warriors emerged from the sea". The Vintage News. 21 May 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2017.