archaeology

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

Definition of archaeology

1 :the scientific study of material remains (such as fossil relics, artifacts, and monuments) of past human life and activities
2 :remains of the culture of a people :antiquities
  • the archaeology of the Incas

archaeological

play \ˌär-kē-ə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ adjective

archaeologically

play \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

archaeologist

play \ˌär-kē-ˈä-lə-jist\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of archaeology

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


ARCHAEOLOGY Defined for English Language Learners

archaeology

noun

Definition of archaeology for English Language Learners

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


ARCHAEOLOGY Defined for Kids

archaeology

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

Definition of archaeology for Students

: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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