1817 in archaeology
The year 1817 in archaeology involved some significant events.
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- Giovanni Battista Belzoni travels extensively through Egypt, visiting Abu Simbel, Karnak and the Valley of the Kings, creating several excavation sites.
- Major Stephen H. Long commands an expedition exploring the southern part of Arkansas, as well as the Louisiana border of the Red River; he also explores the Wisconsin River to its headwaters and the Mississippi River to the Falls of Saint Anthony.
- October - The KV16 burial site of Ramesses I in the East Valley of the Kings is discovered and excavated by Giovanni Battista Belzoni.
- Near Cairo, the Great Sphinx of Giza is excavated to chest level by Giovanni Battista Caviglia.
- Giovanni Battista Belzoni clears the Great Temple of Abu Simbel of sand.
- The tophet in Carthage is first excavated; since then, hundreds of urns and stelae (engraved stones) have been recovered.
- January 1 - Sailing through the Sandwich Islands, Otto von Kotzebue discovers New Year Island.
- October - Giovanni Battista Belzoni finds the tomb and sarcophagus of Seti I.
- October 9 - The KV21 burial site in the Valley of the Kings is discovered by Giovanni Battista Belzoni.
- October 10 - The KV16 burial site of Ramesses I in the East Valley of the Kings is discovered by Giovanni Battista Belzoni.
- November 22 - Frédéric Cailliaud discovers the old Roman emerald mines at Sikait, Egypt.