Archaeology Vocabulary List

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  1. archaeology | see definition»

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

  2. artifact | see definition»

    a simple object (such as a tool or weapon) that was made by people in the past

  3. carbon dating | see definition»

    a scientific way of finding the age of something that is very old (such as a dinosaur bone) by measuring the amount of certain forms of carbon in it

  4. crypt | see definition»

    a chamber (such as a vault) wholly or partly underground

  5. excavate | see definition»

    to expose to view by digging away a covering

  6. fossil | see definition»

    a trace or print or the remains of a plant or animal of a past age preserved in earth or rock

  7. hieroglyphic | see definition»

    any of the symbols in the picture writing of ancient Egypt

  8. idol | see definition»

    an image worshipped as a god

  9. lithic | see definition»

    of, relating to, or being a stone tool

  10. prehistoric | see definition»

    relating to or existing in the time before written history began

  11. relic | see definition»

    something left behind after decay or disappearance

  12. tomb | see definition»

    a house or burial chamber for dead people

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