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- March – Part of the podium of the Temple of Apollo in Mdina, Malta is discovered and subsequently excavated.
- February: Remains of oldest known European early modern humans at this time found in Peștera cu Oase, Romania.
- May 1: Horncastle boar's head, an early 7th-century Anglo-Saxon ornament, probably part of a helmet crest, discovered in the eastern English town of Horncastle by a metal detectorist.
- May: Amesbury Archer, a Bronze Age burial found near Stonehenge in England.
- June: Newport Ship (medieval) in south-east Wales.
- October: Banc Ty'nddôl sun-disc in mid-Wales.
- 3,500-year-old human remains found in the Citadel of Damascus.
- Mask of la Roche-Cotard (Mousterian) found beside the Loire in France.
- Brief reappearance and study of Seaton Carew Wreck
- Ciampate del Diavolo (early hominid footprints in Italy) come to scientific attention
- April 28 - Gordon Willey, American archaeologist (born 1913)
- June 26 - Barbara Adams, English egyptologist (born 1945)
- Syria - ongoing excavations.
- Testa, Michael (19 March 2002). "New find at Mdina most important so far in old capital". Times of Malta. Archived from the original on 13 April 2016.
- "Obituary: Gordon Willey". theguardian.com. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
- "Obituary: Barbara Adams". The Guardian. 13 July 2002. Retrieved 9 October 2017.