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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

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

ar·chae·o·log·i·calplay \ˌär-kē-ə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ adjective
ar·chae·o·log·i·cal·lyplay \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
ar·chae·ol·o·gistplay \ˌär-kē-ˈä-lə-jist\ noun

Variants of archaeology

or ar·che·ol·o·gy 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



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