Selected Books that Refer to Site Reports
Site Reports on the Internet
Searching the Library Catalog
Searching by keyword
Words to try along with a country name, region and/or type of site (cave, rockshelter, mound, petroglyphs, village) or name of a specific group or tribe of people (salish, navajo)
- excavations - archaeology
Searching for specific sites
The name of the archaeologial site is usually a "Subject Heading." Select Subject search from the main catalog and enter the site name. Here are some examples:
- leaning oak site
- bravo creek site
- mesa site
- petersen house
- owl cave site
Search for sites by country
To locate archaeological sites in Canada and the United States (no particular site) use the following format: province or state followed by the word antiquities. for example:
- north dakota - antiquities
- british columbia - antiquities
To locate sites by any other country (no particular site) use the following subject heading structure:
- france -- antiquities
- india -- antiquities
Some broad Subject Headings to use for northwest sites
- excavations - archaeology - washington state
- excavations - archaeology - oregon
- excavations - archaeology alaska
- excavations - archaeology - northwest pacific
- washington state - antiquities
Summit is a catalog that searches other academic libraries in Washington and Oregon. If Western doesn't have a book you need, you can request an item from Summit and have it delivered to the circulation desk in Haggard Hall.
To locate archaeological site reports from Summit use the same search techniques describled above for the Western Libraries Catalog. You can duplicate a search in Summit directly from Western's Catalog by clicking on the "Repeat Search in Summit" link at the top of the page.
Search Databases for Site Reports Published in Journal Articles
Search the following databases to locate site reports published in journals.
Site Reports Published by the United States Government
Federal and state laws that protect the environment include protection for designated archaeological sites. As a result the government is involved in managing archaeological sites on federal and state lands such as parks and forests. Construction projects often require archaeological surveys to locate prehistoric or historic sites and the excavation of some sites before construction is allowed to begin. Many of these sites can be found with the search techniques in this guide. You can also use the following U.S. Government database to locate site reports.