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archaeology Syllabification: ar·chae·ol·o·gy
Pronunciation: /ˌärkēˈäləjē/
(also archeology)

Definition of archaeology in English:

noun

The study of human history and prehistory through the excavation of sites and the analysis of artifacts and other physical remains.
Example sentences
  • Jaromir Malek studied Egyptology and archaeology at Charles University, Prague.
  • I am not a professional archaeologist, but a member of the public with an interest in archaeology and history.
  • The awkward relationship between archaeology and history is an old problem.

Origin

Early 17th century (in the sense 'ancient history'): from modern Latin archaeologia, from Greek arkhaiologia 'ancient history', from arkhaios 'ancient' (see archaeo-). The current sense dates from the mid 19th century.

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