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Archaeology of Indigenous North America: Starting Your Research

Land Acknowledgement

Penn Museum respectfully acknowledges that it is situated on Lenapehoking, the ancestral and spiritual homeland of the Unami Lenape. 

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Indigenous Archaeology

Map of Native American tribes, cultures & languages

Sturtevant, William C, and U.S Geological Survey. National atlas. Indian tribes, cultures & languages: United States. Reston, Va.: Interior, Geological Survey, 1967. Map. Retrieved from the Library of Congress:

General and Related Databases (Penn Key Required)

Franklin Catalog - These consists of searchable, descriptive records of the holdings of all the Penn Libraries (excluding the Biddle Law Library).

Anthropology Plus - An index of bibliographic materials covering the fields of anthropology, archaeology and related interdisciplinary research.

AnthroSource - Please note that in order to use this resource you must first register with AnthroSource to then be connected to their index.

tDAR - This is an international digital repository for the digital records of archaeological investigations.

JSTOR - A full text database the provides access to academic journals, books, and primary source materials (dates vary).

Bibliography of Indigenous Peoples in North America -  A bibliographic database covering all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life. This resource covers a wide range of topics including archaeology, multicultural relations, gaming, governance, legend, and literacy.

Project MUSE - Provides access to journals published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. Disciplines covered are humanities and social sciences.

Native American Ethnobotany - A database of foods, drugs, dyes and fibers of Native American peoples, derived from plants. 

eHRAF Archaeology - A cross-cultural database containing information on the world's prehistory designed to facilitate comparative archaeological studies.

eHRAF World Cultures - collection of thousands of books and articles on cultures from all regions of the world.


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Library of Congress Call Numbers

  • E51-61 PreColumbian America

  • E71 North America (north of Mexico)

  • E73-74 Mound Builders.  Indians of North America

  • E75-E77 (Periodicals, Collections, Dictionaries, Directories, Guide to Tribes, Study and Teaching, Research, Historiography, General Works)

  • E78 (By state, province, or region, A-Z)

  • E81-87 (Indian Wars and captivities)

  • E89-90 (Biography)

  • E91-93 (Government relations)

  • E95 Treaties

  • E96-97 (Education)

  • E98 (By special topic, A-Z)  e.g., E98.A7 = Art; E98.E2 = Economic Conditions; E98.R3 = Religion, Mythology; E98. S Social life and customs; E98 .W8, Women

  • E99 (By tribe, A-Z) e.g., E99. C6 = Chippewa (Ojibway) Indians

  • K Law

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