Archaeology: ATS1247 Archaeology

A guide to resources at Monash University Library for Archaeology and Ancient History

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Some call numbers for Archaeology

Call Numbers and Subject Headings for Archaeology: Ancient World 913; History of the Ancient World 930; History of Ancient Egypt 932; History of Ancient Greece 938; History of Ancient Italy 937; History of Ancient Palestine  933; History of Mesopotamia/Iranian Plateau 935.

What are call numbers

Call numbers are the individual numbers allocated to physical items in the library to denote their location on the shelves. Each item has a unique number which is based on the dewey decimal system.

938.070922 C289P 2010

938.070922 C289P 2010

  1. Locate the first three digits
  2. Locate any digits following the decimal point (Note decimals: 341.1 is after 341.05)
  3. Look for the letter M, then the next set of numbers/letter
  4. The final four digits denote the year of the book

Key Resources

Searching for books or articles

Use the Library Library search tool to retrieve books, journal articles and other resources. Find Search on the library homepage.


Sign in first so that you can place holds on books at other campuses, renew books, manage loans and save searches using e-shelf.

Leave the default as 'All resources' to find all types of resources in our collections and a wide selection of databases.

There is an option to search 'Library collections' which focuses on physical resources the library has in its collections

  • Use * to truncate terms. For example, archaeolog* will return results containing archaeology and archaeological.
  • Use "inverted commas" to search for terms as a phrase, rather than individual words. For example, "ancient egypt", or "ancient greece".
  • Use the limiters on the left hand side of your screen to limit your results by resource type (i.e. book, audio-visual, journal), or by date, library branch, and more.
  • You can Request a book if there isn't one on the shelf in your home library.