Chichen Itza
Gebel Berkal

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Early Archaeology

Archeological sites excavated before the 20th century.

The connection belongs to History connections.

Connected Sites

  • Ancient Thebes: Belzoni and Carter discovered many of the tombs in the 19th century. This was the first attempt to systematically excavate the Valley of the Kings, which had been a well-known source for antiques long before.
  • Pompei: Excavation of Herculaneum started at 1738. It was the first site ever to have been excavated.
  • Troy: Excavation by Schliemann and Calvert started at 1865. It was the first time a historical text was connected to an archaeological excavation. This was also the first stratigraphic excavation.


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