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archaeology (n.)

c. 1600, "ancient history," from French archéologie (16c.) or directly from Greek arkhaiologia "the study of ancient things;" see archaeo- + -ology. Meaning "scientific study of ancient peoples and past civilizations" is recorded by 1825.

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Definitions of archaeology

archaeology (n.)
the branch of anthropology that studies prehistoric people and their cultures;
Synonyms: archeology
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