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The year 1983 in archaeology involved some significant events.
- Laconia Survey begins (joint British–Dutch project); continues to 1989.
- Mausoleum of the Nanyue King, Zhao Mo, Emperor Wen of Nanyue (d. 122 BCE), discovered under Elephant Hill in Guangzhou, China, and excavation by Mai Yinghao and Huang Zhanyue begins.
- Hengistbury Head, by Barry Cunliffe, is continued (begun in 1979).
- Boxgrove Quarry, by Mark Roberts of University College London, is begun (continues to 1996).
- Abric Romani cave near Capellades in Catalonia is begun.
- Christopher Chippindale - Stonehenge Complete.
- R. C. Gaur - Excavations at Atranjikhera: early civilization of the Upper Ganga Basin.
- May 13 - Lindow Woman discovered at Lindow Moss in north west England by peat cutters.
- First Ayn Ghazal statues found in Jordan.
- Zhangjiashan Han bamboo texts, including the Book on Numbers and Computation, from tomb M247 at Mount Zhangjia in central China.
- Kitora Tomb discovered at Asuka, Nara, Japan.
- 16th century turkey bones in Exeter, England, subsequently identified as from one of the earliest of the birds in Britain.
- Gloucester tabula set in England.