archaeology

noun
ar·​chae·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌär-kē-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce archaeology (audio) \
variants: or archeology

Definition of archaeology

1 : the scientific study of material remains (such as tools, pottery, jewelry, stone walls, and monuments) of past human life and activities
2 : remains of the culture of a people : antiquities the archaeology of the Incas

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Other Words from archaeology

archaeological \ ˌär-​kē-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce archaeological (audio) \ adjective
archaeologically \ ˌär-​kē-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce archaeologically (audio) \ adverb
archaeologist \ ˌär-​kē-​ˈä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce archaeologist (audio) \ noun

Examples of archaeology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, the group got in-the-field lessons about the colliers, their habits and works, and some of the technology and tools of the archaeology trade. Steve Smith, courant.com, "Archaeological Dig Yields Lessons," 26 Aug. 2019 Many of its tombs were likely underwater, and no one had ever before attempted underwater archaeology in Sudan. Kristin Romey, National Geographic, "Dive beneath the pyramids of Egypt’s black pharaohs," 2 July 2019 The remote sensing technology that most people identify as marine archaeology has been only two percent of the work in Rhode Island. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Captain Cook’s HMS Endeavour found off the coast of Rhode Island," 24 Sep. 2018 Whitehead in 2014 read about the real school in the Tampa Bay Times, which at the time was covering the University of South Florida archaeology students who were exhuming a number of unmarked graves there. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Colson Whitehead, American Escape Artist," 30 July 2019 The result has been an explosion of new information that is transforming archaeology. Andrew Curry, National Geographic, "The first Europeans weren’t who you might think," 12 July 2019 Whitehead read newspaper accounts three years later about archaeology students who are trying to identify remains buried there. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pulitzer winner Colson Whitehead at USD to talk about new book, ‘The Nickel Boys’," 8 Sep. 2019 The ships, which were among the most sought-after prizes in marine archaeology, are the subject of multiple songs, poems and novels. Fox News, "Incredible images reveal 'frozen-in-time' shipwreck HMS Terror," 29 Aug. 2019 The group is a nonprofit organization dedicated to aviation archaeology and aircraft preservation. Julie Cohn, BostonGlobe.com, "Finding Amelia Earhart’s plane seemed impossible. Then came a startling clue," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of archaeology

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for archaeology

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

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The first known use of archaeology was in 1837

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archaeology

noun
How to pronounce archaeology (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of archaeology

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

archaeology

noun
ar·​chae·​ol·​o·​gy
variants: or archeology \ ˌär-​kē-​ˈä-​lə-​jē \

Kids Definition of archaeology

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

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