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The year 1948 in archaeology involved some significant events.
- Excavations at Nippur sponsored by the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago begin directed by Richard C. Haines.
- Excavations at Kültepe in Turkey resume.
- Archaeological Institute of America begins publishing the magazine Archaeology.
- Walter W. Taylor publishes A Study of Archeology, a work that carries on from his 1943 PhD dissertation to Harvard University faculty.
- November - First torc from Snettisham Hoard discovered near King's Lynn, England.
- Therizinosaurus is discovered in Mongolia and is thought to be a very large turtle for several years.
- Maud Cunnington made CBE for services to archaeology, the first woman archaeologist to receive the honour.
- M. M. Postan of Cambridge convenes an influential meeting of archaeologists and historians to discuss the possibilities of excavating medieval peasant houses in England.
- A Roman mosaic pavement from Brantingham in the East Riding of Yorkshire (England) is stolen.
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