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  • the branch of anthropology that studies prehistoric people and their cultures. Same as archæology, etc.

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  • noun Alternative spelling of archaeology.

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  • noun the branch of anthropology that studies prehistoric people and their cultures

Etymologies

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From Middle French archéologie, from Ancient Greek ἀρχαιολογία (arkhaiologia, "antiquarian lore, ancient legends, history"), from ἀρχαῖος (arkhaios, "primal, old, ancient") + λόγος (logos, "speech, oration, study").

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