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archaeologist

[ahr-kee-ol-uh-jist] /ˌɑr kiˈɒl ə dʒɪst/
noun
1.
a specialist in archaeology, the scientific study of prehistoric peoples and their cultures by analysis of their artifacts, inscriptions, monuments, etc.
Also, archeologist.
Origin

archaeology

[ahr-kee-ol-uh-jee] /ˌɑr kiˈɒl ə dʒi/
noun
1.
the scientific study of historic or prehistoric peoples and their cultures by analysis of their artifacts, inscriptions, monuments, and other such remains, especially those that have been excavated.
2.
Rare. ancient history; the study of antiquity.
Also, archeology.
Origin
1600-10; < Greek archaiología the discussion of antiquities. See archaeo-, -logy
Related forms
archaeologist, noun
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  • Given the lack of evidence for any official mint, the archaeologists suspect that the local business was forgery.
  • Teams of archaeologists explored the site for eight years.
  • Another intriguing application is to help archaeologists study ancient ruins.
  • archaeologists have a few relics that have spanned this period, mostly stone tools and works of art.
  • Under the pressure, the archaeologists are barely keeping it together.
British Dictionary definitions for archaeologists

archaeology

/ˌɑːkɪˈɒlədʒɪ/
noun
1.
the study of man's past by scientific analysis of the material remains of his cultures See also prehistory, protohistory
Derived Forms
archaeological, archeological (ˌɑːkɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
archaeologically, archeologically, adverb
archaeologist, archeologist, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin archaeologia, from Greek arkhaiologia study of what is ancient, from arkhaios ancient (from arkhē beginning)
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Word Origin and History for archaeologists

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" recorded by 1825. Related: Archaeological; archaeologically.

archaeologist

n.

1824; see archaeology + -ist.

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archaeologists in Science
archaeology or archeology
  (är'kē-ŏl'ə-jē)   
The scientific study of past human life and culture by the examination of physical remains, such as graves, tools, and pottery.
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archaeologists in Culture
archaeology [(ahr-kee-ol-uh-jee)]

The recovery and study of material objects, such as graves, buildings, tools, artworks, and human remains, to investigate the structure and behavior of past cultures. Archaeologists rely on physical remains as clues to the emergence and development of human societies and civilizations. Anthropologists, by contrast, to interact with living people to study their cultures.

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