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Famous Archaeologists from the United States

Updated October 13, 2018 5.7k views179 items

List of notable or famous archaeologists from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top archaeologists born in the United States and even some popular archaeologists who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American archaeologists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These archaeologists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known archaeologist from the United States is included when available.

List is made up of a variety of people, including Thomas Jefferson and Stuart Struever.

This historic archaeologists from the United States list can help answer the questions "Who are some American archaeologists of note?" and "Who are the most famous archaeologists from the United States?" These prominent archaeologists of the United States may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected American archaeologists.

Use this list of renowned American archaeologists to discover some new archaeologists that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. {#nodes}
  • Thomas Jefferson1

    Thomas Jefferson

    Dec. at 83 (1743-1826)

    BirthplaceShadwell, Colony of Virginia, British America

    Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of...  more

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  • Jesse Fewkes2

    Jesse Fewkes

    Dec. at 80 (1850-1930)

    BirthplaceNewton, Massachusetts

    Jesse Walter Fewkes was an American anthropologist, archaeologist, writer and naturalist....  more
  • Jerald T. Milanich3
    Jerald T. Milanich is an American anthropologist and archaeologist, specializing in Native...  more
  • Ignace Gelb4

    Ignace Gelb

    Dec. at 78 (1907-1985)

    BirthplaceTarnów, Poland

    Ignace Jay Gelb was a Polish-American ancient historian and Assyriologist who pioneered the...  more
  • 5
    J. Randall Price is a theologian, archaeologist, and research author who is founder and...  more
  • Alpheus Hyatt Verrill6

    Alpheus Hyatt Verrill

    Dec. at 83 (1871-1954)

    BirthplaceNew Haven, Connecticut

    Alpheus Hyatt Verrill, known as Hyatt Verrill, (23 July 1871 – 14 November 1954) was an...  more
  • 7
    Dr. Timothy R. Pauketat is an “American Bottom” Mississippian-era archaeologist and professor...  more
  • Stuart Struever8

    BirthplaceLima, Illinois

    Stuart McKee Struever (born 1931) is an American archaeologist and anthropologist best known...  more
  • 9

    Doris Stone

    Dec. at 85 (1909-1994)
    Doris Zemurray Stone was an archaeologist and ethnographer, specializing in pre-Columbian...  more
  • 10

    Walter Miller

    Dec. at 85 (1864-1949)
    Samuel Walter Miller, LL. D., Litt. D. was an American linguist, Classics scholar and...  more
  • Mark Lehner11
    Mark Lehner is an American archaeologist with more than 30 years of experience excavating in...  more
  • 12

    Frederick Webb Hodge

    Dec. at 92 (1864-1956)

    BirthplacePlymouth, United Kingdom

    Frederick W. Hodge was an editor, anthropologist, archaeologist, and historian....  more
  • 13

    James Alfred Ford

    Dec. at 57 (1911-1968)
    James Alfred Ford was an American archaeologist. He was born in Water Valley, Mississippi, on...  more
  • Alfred L. Kroeber14

    Alfred L. Kroeber

    Dec. at 84 (1876-1960)

    BirthplaceHoboken, New Jersey

    Alfred Louis Kroeber (June 11, 1876 – October 5, 1960) was an American cultural...  more
  • 15

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Oscar White Muscarella (born 1931) is an American archaeologist and former Senior Research...  more
  • 16

    Lewis Binford

    Dec. at 80 (1931-2011)


    Lewis Roberts Binford (November 21, 1931 – April 11, 2011) was an American archaeologist known...  more
  • James Henry Breasted17

    James Henry Breasted

    Dec. at 70 (1865-1935)

    BirthplaceRockford, Illinois

    James Henry Breasted (; August 27, 1865 – December 2, 1935) was an American archaeologist,...  more
  • Walter B. Jones18

    Walter B. Jones

    Dec. at 82 (1895-1977)


    Walter Bryan Jones, Ph.D. (1895–1977) was an American geologist and archaeologist. Born in...  more
  • William F. Albright19

    William F. Albright

    Dec. at 80 (1891-1971)

    BirthplaceCoquimbo, Chile

    William Foxwell Albright (May 24, 1891 – September 19, 1971) was an American archaeologist,...  more
  • 20

    Robert John Braidwood

    Dec. at 96 (1907-2003)

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    Robert John Braidwood (29 July 1907 – 15 January 2003) was an American archaeologist and...  more
  • William Henry Holmes21

    William Henry Holmes

    Dec. at 87 (1846-1933)


    William Henry Holmes (December 1, 1846 – April 20, 1933) — known as W.H. Holmes — was an...  more
  • Sylvanus Morley22

    Sylvanus Morley

    Dec. at 65 (1883-1948)

    BirthplaceChester, Pennsylvania

    Sylvanus Griswold Morley (June 7, 1883 – September 2, 1948) was an American archaeologist,...  more
  • 23
    Arthur Andrew Demarest is an American anthropologist and archaeologist, known for his studies...  more
  • Edgar Lee Hewett24

    Edgar Lee Hewett

    Dec. at 81 (1865-1946)


    Edgar Lee Hewett (November 23, 1865 – December 31, 1946) was an American archaeologist and...  more
  • Zelia Nuttall25

    Zelia Nuttall

    Dec. at 76 (1857-1933)


    Zelia Maria Magdalena Nuttall (6 September 1857, San Francisco – 12 April 1933, Coyoacán,...  more