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Archaeology: Books & eBooks

Information about books, journals, databases and other useful archaeology resources

Where in the Library?

Most print material related to archaeology can be found in the 900's on Level 2 of the James Joyce Library.

See map for location.

Science related material can be found on Level 4 of the James Joyce Library. The Health Sciences Library has materials related to skeletal analysis.

Finding Books using OneSearch

Watch a short tutorial on how to find print books and ebooks using OneSearch:

Books for Archaeology

Books and eBooks are listed in OneSearch, our resource discovery service. You can also browse the collection to find books for your research. The relevant shelf marks include, but are not limited to:

  • 910 Geography and travel
  • 911 Historical geography
  • 912 Graphic representations of surface of earth and of extraterrestrial worlds
  • 913–919 Geography of and travel in specific continents, countries, localities; extraterrestrial worlds
  • 930 History of ancient world to ca. 499
    • 930.1Archaeology
    • 931–939 Specific places
  • 940-949 History of Europe 
  • 950-959 History of Asia
  • 960-969 History of Africa
  • 970-979 History of North America
  • 980-989 History of South America
  • 990-999 History of Australasia, Pacific Ocean islands, Atlantic Ocean islands, Arctic islands, Antarctica, extraterrestrial worlds


A selection of useful book titles, reference works and Open Educational Resources (OER) for archaeology are listed  in the follwing tabs.

Reference items are helpful for finding background information; definitions and spelling; facts and figures; translations; statistics and topical overviews of subjects. Reference books can be found both in print and online. See here for further information.

Useful online reference material for Archaeology include:

Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning, teaching and research materials in any format and medium that reside in the public domain or are under copyright that have been released under an open license, that permit no-cost access, re-use, re-purpose, adaptation and redistribution by others. (source: UNESCO)

Special Collections

Special Collections

Special Collections contains unique book, archival and manuscript collections. UCD students and staff, and external users can consult the collections in the Special Collections reading room. Special Collections is located on Level 1 of the James Joyce Library.

Reviewing the Archaeology Literature