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Archaeology: Citing Sources

Citing in SAA (Society of American Archaeology) Style Quick Guide

Citing Books:

Single Author:

Author Last name, First name

Year Title. Publisher, Publication Place.

Cline, Eric

               2014   1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed. Princeton University Press, Princeton.

Multiple Authors:

Author Last Name, Author First Name, and additional Authors First Name Last Name

               Year  Title. Publisher, Publication Place.

 Adovasio, J.M., Olga Soffer and Jake Page

               2007  The Invisible Sex: Uncovering the True Roles of Women in Prehistory. Collins, New York.


Edited Volume:

Author Last Name, First Name (editor)

               Year  Title. Publisher, Publication Place.

Kardulias, P. Nick (editor)

1997  Aegean Strategies: Studies of Culture and Environment on the European Fringe. Rowman and Littlefield, Lanham, MD.


Section/Chapter of a Book (usually an edited volume):

Chapter Author Last Name, First Name

Year  Title of Chapter. In Book Title, edited by Editor First name Last name, pp. xx-xxx. Publisher, Publication Place.

Liu, Li

2017  A History of Chinese Archaeology. In Handbook of East and Southeast Asia Archaeology, edited by Alisha M. Eastep, Junko Habu, Peter V. Lape, and John W. Olsen, pp. 39-58. Springer, New York.


Citing Journal Articles 

In print format:

Author Last Name, First Name

               Year   Title of Article. Title of Journal Volume(Issue):page numbers.

Dietler, Michael

               1994   Quenching Celtic Thirst. Archaeology 47(3):44-48.

Full-text in a database:

Author Last Name, First Name

Year   Title of Article. Journal Title Volume(Issue):page numbers. URL/DOI, accessed month day, year.

Green, Adam and Cameron Petrie

2018   Landscapes of Urbanization and De-Urbanization: A Large-Scale Approach to Investigating the Indus Civilization’s Settlement Distributions in Northwest India. Journal of Field Archaeology 43(4):284-299., accessed September 21, 2018.


Citing Websites:

Site Author (can be the name of an organization or author’s last name, first name)

               Year last revised    Title of Site.  Electronic Document, URL, accessed month, day, year

Pitt River’s Museum

2005    Research-Graduate Study: The Pitt Rivers Museum and ISCA. Electronic document,, accessed August 31, 2005

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