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archaeology

noun ar·chae·ol·o·gy \ˌär-kē-ˈä-lə-jē\

Simple Definition of archaeology

  • : a science that deals with past human life and activities by studying the bones, tools, etc., of ancient people

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of archaeology

  1. 1 :  the scientific study of material remains (as fossil relics, artifacts, and monuments) of past human life and activities

  2. 2 :  remains of the culture of a people :  antiquities

archaeologicalplay \ˌär-kē-ə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ adjective
archaeologicallyplay \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
archaeologistplay \ˌär-kē-ˈä-lə-jist\ noun

Variants of archaeology

or archeology play \ˌär-kē-ˈä-lə-jē\

Origin of archaeology

French archéologie, from Late Latin archaeologia antiquarian lore, from Greek archaiologia, from archaio- + -logia -logy


First Known Use: 1837


ARCHAEOLOGY Defined for Kids

archaeology

play
noun ar·chae·ol·o·gy \ˌär-kē-ˈä-lə-jē\

Definition of archaeology for Students

  1. :  a science that deals with past human life and activities as shown by objects (as pottery, tools, and statues) left by ancient peoples



Variants of archaeology

or archeology \ˌär-kē-ˈä-lə-jē\


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