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archaeology

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

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

Full Definition of ARCHAEOLOGY

1
:  the scientific study of material remains (as fossil relics, artifacts, and monuments) of past human life and activities
2
:  remains of the culture of a people :  antiquities
ar·chae·o·log·i·cal \ˌär-kē-ə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ adjective
ar·chae·o·log·i·cal·ly \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
ar·chae·ol·o·gist \ˌär-kē-ˈä-lə-jist\ noun

Variants of ARCHAEOLOGY

ar·chae·ol·o·gy or ar·che·ol·o·gy \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

Other Archaeology Terms

Attic, Byzantine, Paleolithic, cairn, core, flint, horizon, neolithic, shard, stratum
ARCHEOLOGY Defined for Kids

archaeology

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

Definition of ARCHAEOLOGY for Kids

:  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

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

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