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.
- August - Tse-whit-zen village discovered on the Washington coast during construction work.
- Autumn–December - Prittlewell royal Anglo-Saxon burial near Southend-on-Sea in England, the grave, dated to about 580 AD, of a high-status man, perhaps Saexa (brother to Sæberht of Essex), buried with objects including Christian symbols.
- Dutch-built fluyt Swan located in Baltic Sea.
- Iron Age gold coin hoard at Henley-on-Thames in England.
- Wayne D. Cocroft and Roger J. C. Thomas - Cold War: building for nuclear confrontation 1946-1989.
- Christopher Dyer. "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.
- July 17 - The International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage adopts the Nizhny Tagil Charter for the Industrial Heritage.
- 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.
- Pravda 31 July 2003.
- Delgado, James P. (September–October 2008). "The Wreck of the Mermaid". Archaeology. 61 (5). Retrieved 2012-01-08.
- "Southend burial site 'UK's answer to Tutankhamun'". BBC News. 2019-05-09. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
- "The Nizhny Tagil Charter for the Industrial Heritage" (PDF). ICOMOS. July 2003. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
- Barnes, Bart (28 August 2003). "Smithsonian's Mendel Peterson Dies". The Washington Post. Retrieved 17 May 2017.