Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up archaeology? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 8, 2016

to clear from accusation or blame

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

pince-nez spindrift kittly-benders duvet
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ