Archaeology Ar`ch[ae]*ol"o*gy ([aum]r`k[-e]*[o^]l"[-o]*j[y^]), n. [Gr. 'archaiologi`a; 'archai^os ancient (fr. 'archh` beginning) + lo`gos discourse, le`gein to speak.] 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. [1913 Webster] ||

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