What does archaeology mean?

Definitions for archaeology
ˌɑr kiˈɒl ə dʒiar·chae·ol·o·gy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. archeology, archaeologynoun

    the branch of anthropology that studies prehistoric people and their cultures


  1. archaeologynoun

    The study of the past through material remains. Often focused upon the life and culture of ancient peoples, but also applied to the more recent past. In American usage, one of the four sub-disciplines of anthropology.

    Etymology: From ἀρχαιολογία, from ἀρχαῖος + λόγος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Archaeologynoun

    the science or study of antiquities, esp. prehistoric antiquities, such as the remains of buildings or monuments of an early epoch, inscriptions, implements, and other relics, written manuscripts, etc

    Etymology: [Gr. 'archaiologi`a; 'archai^os ancient (fr. 'archh` beginning) + lo`gos discourse, le`gein to speak.]


  1. Archaeology

    Archaeology, or archeology, is the study of human activity in the past, primarily through the recovery and analysis of the material culture and environmental data that they have left behind, which includes artifacts, architecture, biofacts and cultural landscapes. Because archaeology employs a wide range of different procedures, it can be considered to be both a science and a humanity, and in the United States it is thought of as a branch of anthropology, although in Europe it is viewed as a separate discipline. Archaeology studies human prehistory and history from the development of the first stone tools in eastern Africa 3.4 million years ago up until recent decades. It is of most importance for learning about prehistoric societies, when there are no written records for historians to study, making up over 99% of total human history, from the Palaeolithic until the advent of literacy in any given society. Archaeology has various goals, which range from studying human evolution to cultural evolution and understanding culture history.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Archaeology

    The scientific study of past societies through artifacts, fossils, etc.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of archaeology in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

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    The numerical value of archaeology in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of archaeology in a Sentence

  1. Ayman Soliman:

    The sectors we will work in include industry, traditional and renewable energy, tourism and archaeology.

  2. Martin Millett:

    This took one person about three to four months in the field, this really does change how we can study and understand Roman towns - the way of the future for archaeology.

  3. James Benford:

    This is essentially extraterrestrial archaeology Im talking about.

  4. Julie Gibson:

    What we have discovered in recent years, through the use of geophysics and other things, is that... on this stretch of the coastline, all the settlement archaeology is within 100 meters of the coast edge. And so as the sea takes this heritage of ours away it's taking all that we have.

  5. Nicholas Reeves:

    The key is to excavate slowly and carefully and record well. The fact is this isn't a race. All archaeology is disruption. We can't go back and re-do it, so we have to do it well in the first place, i’m feeling more certain today than I expected to be.

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