1896 in archaeology
The year 1896 in archaeology involved some significant events.
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- Bernard Grenfell and Arthur Hunt of Queen's College, Oxford, begin excavation at Oxyrhynchus, Egypt, discovering New Testament texts amongst the Oxyrhynchus Papyri.
- Richard Wetherill begins excavating Chaco Canyon.
- George H. Pepper from the American Museum of Natural History leads the Hyde Exploring Expedition in excavating Pueblo Bonito (ending 1899).
- A. S. Murray of the British Museum begins excavating Enkomi, Cyprus.
- Society of Antiquaries of Scotland begins excavating Ardoch Roman Fort.
- Sousa Viterbo - Archeologia industrial Portuguesa: Os moinhos. O Archeologo Português II(8/9): 193-204 (Aug./Sept.)
- February - Broighter Gold found by farmer, Tom Nicholl.
- December 1 - Archaeologist Alois Anton Führer, Nepalese General Khadga Samsher Rana and an expedition rediscover the great stone pillar of Ashoka at Lumbini, traditionally the spot of the birthplace of Gautama Buddha, after using Faxian's records.
- Charioteer of Delphi found at the Temple of Apollo at Delphi by French excavators.
- Madaba Map.
- Flinders Petrie discovers the Merneptah Stele at Luxor Temple, containing the earliest known mention of Israel.
- April 6 - The opening ceremonies of the 1896 Summer Olympics, the first modern Olympic Games, are held at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens.
- April 16 - The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty in England acquires its first building for preservation, Alfriston Clergy House, a 14th-century Wealden hall house.
- April 12 - Carl Humann, German archaeologist (b. 1839)
- June 10 - John Henry Middleton, English archaeologist (b. 1846)
- July 11 - Ernst Curtius, German archaeologist (b. 1814)
- "Limavady Part 3 - Broighter Gold". BBC. Retrieved 28 May 2017.
- Führer, Alois Anton (1897). Monograph on Buddha Sakyamuni's Birth-Place in the Nepalese Taral. Allahabad: The Government Press. p. 28.
- "Charioteer of Delphi". www.brown.edu. Retrieved 28 May 2017.
- "Li Chi". Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
- "Karl Humann - German archaeologist". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
- "Ernst Curtius - German archaeologist". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 17 May 2017.