2003 in archaeology
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- Start of Stonehenge Riverside Project (continues to 2008).
- April - First British cave art discovered at Creswell Crags.
- July - Russian monitor Russalka (1867) located by sonar in the Gulf of Finland.
- Royal Saxon tomb in Prittlewell.
- Iron Age gold coin hoard at Henley-on-Thames.
- Wayne D. Cocroft and Roger J. C. Thomas - Cold War: building for nuclear confrontation 1946-1989.
- Dyer, Christopher. "The archaeology of medieval small towns". Medieval Archaeology. 47: 85–114.
- Adrienne Mayor - Greek Fire, Poison Arrows and Scorpion Bombs: biological and chemical warfare in the ancient world.
- Colin Renfrew - Figuring It Out: What are we? Where do we come from? – The parallel visions of artists and archaeologists.
- Ruth M. Van Dyke and Susan E. Alcock (ed.) - Archaeologies of Memory.
- November 10 - Official opening of the Department of First World War Archaeology in the Institute for the Archaeological Heritage of the Flemish Community (IAP) at Ypres.
- Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory group formed.
- The fake "ancient Egyptian" Amarna Princess statue, actually made by Shaun Greenhalgh, is sold to Bolton Museum in England.
- January 22 - Mary Chubb, English archaeologist and author; worked in Egypt and the Near East (b. 1903)
- July 30 - Mendel L. Peterson, American underwater archaeologist (b. 1918)