Definition of archaeology noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



(North American English also archeology) noun
BrE BrE//ˌɑːkiˈɒlədʒi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɑːrkiˈɑːlədʒi//
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the study of cultures of the past, and of periods of history by examining the remains of buildings and objects found in the ground see also industrial archaeology Word Originearly 17th cent. (in the sense ‘ancient history’): from modern Latin archaeologia, from Greek arkhaiologia ‘ancient history’, from arkhaios ‘ancient’. The current sense dates from the mid 19th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: archaeology

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