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The year 1891 in archaeology involved some significant events.
- Peabody Museum (Harvard) - Harvard University project at Copan begins.
- Flinders Petrie works on the temple of Aten at Tell-el-Amarna, discovering a 300-square-foot (28 m2) New Kingdom painted pavement.
- J. Theodore Bent works at Great Zimbabwe.
- October - Eugène Dubois finds the first fragmentary bones of Pithecanthropus erectus (later redesignated Homo erectus), or 'Java Man', at Trinil on the Solo River.
- The Saqqara Bird.
- "The Gundestrup Cauldron". National Museum of Denmark. Retrieved 27 May 2017.