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The year 1954 in archaeology involved some significant events.
- Mixco Viejo, Guatemala Musée d'Homme project under the direction of Henri Lehmann starts (continues through 1967).
- Neolithic-era site of Ashkelon discovered and excavated by French archaeologist Jean Perrot.
- Excavations at Beycesultan by Seton Lloyd of the British Institute of Archaeology in Ankara begin (continue to 1959).
- Excavations at Filitosa, Corsica, begin.
- Excavations at Nagarjunakonda by the Archaeological Survey of India begin (continue to 1960).
- Excavations at Nevasa, Maharashtra, begin (continue to 1956).
- Excavations of the London Mithraeum conducted under the direction of W. F. Grimes.
- Systematic excavations at Niah Caves begin under the direction of the Sarawak Museum.
- September 18 - Marble head of Mithras from London Mithraeum unearthed in Walbrook Square by W. F. Grimes's excavation.
- Panlongcheng Erligang culture site in China discovered.
- Khufu ship discovered in Giza pyramid complex by Kamal el-Mallakh.
- Cape Gelidonya shipwreck discovered.
- Sir Mortimer Wheeler is named Television Personality of the Year in the U.K. due to his contributions to Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?
- Maurice Beresford - The Lost Villages of England.
- R. Allen Brown - English Medieval Castles.
- Grahame Clark - Excavations at Star Carr, an early Mesolithic site at Seamer near Scarborough, Yorkshire.
- V. E. Nash-Williams - The Roman Frontier in Wales.
- Stuart Piggott - The Neolithic Cultures of the British Isles: a study of the stone-using agricultural communities of Britain in the second millennium B.C.
- April 10 - Ludwig Curtius, German Classical archaeologist (b. 1874)
- July 16 - Henri Frankfort, Dutch-born Egyptologist (b. 1897)
- October 5 - Alfred Tozzer, American Mesoamerican archaeologist (b. 1877)
- "Plans to dismantle and move the reconstructed roman temple of Mithras to temporary storage, ahead of a more faithful reconstruction, will begin on the 21 November 2011 by Museum of London Archaeology". Heritage Daily. 2011-11-18. Retrieved 2012-12-28.
- Kulik, Karol (2007). "A Short History of Archaeological Communication". In Clack, Timothy; Brittain, Marcus (eds.). Archaeology and the Media. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press. pp. 111–124. ISBN 9781598742336.