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2023 Top Gifts for Archaeology Lovers

If you're looking for the perfect gift for your favorite archaeologist or archaeology enthusiast, these unique gifts will bring a smile this holiday season.

The products below were chosen by Ancient Odysseys with no influence or incentive from the product sellers. However, this post features several affiliate links, meaning we’ll earn a small commission if you purchase through these links.

10. Aboriginal Together Again Candle Holder~$34.95

Great gift for archaeology lovers-aboriginal candle

We found these aboriginal candle holders while traveling through the Australian Outback and fell in love. The artwork for each of these items is designed by indigenous Australian artists. Honor the unique and vibrant designs of the original people of Australia by purchasing a candle holder, water bottle, lamps and more from Koh Living.

Funny gift for archaeology lovers

9. Archaeology—Like History but Dirtier~ start at $17.70

This shirt is sure to get attention and an appreciative chuckle from others. But it does tell the truth: archaeology IS dirtier than history! There are 12 different shirt styles to choose from in 19 colors, so you can personalize this shirt to your liking.

8. Lion-Man Pendant ~ $114-$181

Unique Lion-man pendant gift for archaeology lovers

The Lion-man (Löwenmensch) pendant was inspired by a 40,000 BCE figurine found in the Hohlenstein-Stadel cave in Germany. It's thought to be the oldest example of figurative art in the world, carved by Homo sapiens who migrated from Africa to Europe and became the first modern humans on the European continent. The pendant is available in solid bronze, 14K gold plated brass, 14K rose gold plated brass, or sterling silver. It comes with an 18” chain to match and a gift box and polishing cloth.

Great gift for working outside

7. Liquid IV Hydration Multiplier ~ $19.99

The thrill of discovery on an archaeology expedition is due to dedication, hard work and patience. But working for long hours outside depletes the body of electrolytes. Liquid IV works miracles to rejuvenate and revive. Just pour a packet in water and shake to hydrate 2x faster than water alone. Available in many flavors including strawberry, lemon-lime, Acai, and more.

Great gift for archaeology lovers-field notebook

6. Archaeology Soft Cover Field Book ~ $14.95

This beautiful notebook is perfect for note-taking out in the field. It's covered in artifacts from human history, from water jugs to arrowheads and cave drawings to burial sites. Whether you’re recording notes from your dig site or your very first Intro to Archaeology lecture, it's sure to inspire you to make connections about our link to the past. The notebook measure has 56 sheets and is 6.75" x 9" Made from 100% recycled paper.

Great gift for archaeology lovers-archaeology-themed socks

5. Vintage Archaeology Socks~$11.71

When you're covered from head-to-toe working in the field or working in the yard, you need some good socks to protect yourself from dirt and bugs. These clever archaeology socks feature vintage patents for shovels, picks and other archaeological tools. Unisex, one size fits all.

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Real papyrus is a great gift for archaeology buffs

4. Papyrus~ $9.90-$39.90

Create your very own artifacts with real Egyptian papyrus. Made from the pith of the papyrus plant and manufactured based on ancient methods from the fourth millennium BCE, these handmade sheets will add style and interest to your next art project. Made in Egypt and available in bundles of 5, 10 or 20 sheets.

3. Munsell Color Travel Mug ~$23.99

Best gift for archaeology lovers-Munsell color mug

If you're forever dreaming about the Munsell color system, make the colors a part of your everyday life with this Munsell travel mug. Take it out in the field, take it on a walk, take it everywhere you may find soil and artifacts so you'll never be without color identification system. It's also handy if you want to make sure how much extra cream you need to add to your cuppa joe. Holds 20 oz and made of stainless steel.

GIft this Indiana Jones hat for archaeology lovers

2. Indiana Jones Licensed Wool Felt Fedora~$69

Indiana Jones fans rejoice. You can now own an exact replica of Indy's trademark fedora. This one is a licensed version of the original and it's made of wool felt trimmed with a grosgrain ribbon hat band, side bow, Indiana Jones™ side pin, leather sweatband and satin lining. Guaranteed to make snakes run in fear.

1. Go on an Archaeology Dig in Ireland! ~$4,990

For those who really love archaeology and artifacts, give your loved one (or yourself) the most unforgettable gift of all by reserving your space on the Caherconnell Fort Project archaeology dig in July, 2024. Work alongside archaeologists to excavate an ancient ring fort that is rewriting our understanding of Irish history.

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