1780s in archaeology

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The decade of the 1780s in archaeology involved some significant events.


Detail of a relief from a Mayan ruin at Palenque drawn by Ricardo Almendáriz at the time of its original excavation in 1787
  • 1786: Antonio Bernasconi and Colonel Antonio del Rio examine the ruins of Palenque, making the first map of the site and some crude excavations.


  • Formal excavations continue at Pompeii.



  • 1785: Engineer Diego Ruiz visits and publishes the first account of El Tajín.
  • 1789: Saggio di lingua Etrusca by Luigi Lanzi.

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  1. Lanciani, Rodolfo Amedeo (1897). The Ruins and Excavations of Ancient Rome: a Companion Book for Students and Travelers. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin. pp. 321–7.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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1770s in archaeology
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1790s in archaeology