Glossary

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Anthropology n. The scientific study of the origins, the behaviour, and the physical, social, and cultural development of humans. (On this blog, used as distinct from archaeology).

Archaeology/archeology n. The systematic study of past human life and culture by the recovery and examination of remaining material evidence, such as graves, buildings, tools, and pottery.

Collecting history (industry term) An artwork, object or artefact’s complete ownership and transaction history. See linked post for contrast with term “provenance”.

Forgery v., n. 1) The act of forging, especially the illegal production of something counterfeit. 2) Something counterfeit, forged, or fraudulent.

In situ Latin adv. & adj. in the original position

Paleoanthropology n. The study of extinct members of the genus homo sapiens by means of their fossil remains. (Unrelated to archaeology as discussed on this blog).

Paleontology n. The study of the forms of life existing in geologic times, as represented by the fossils of plants, animals, and other organisms. (Unrelated to archaeology as discussed on this blog).

Provenance (Am)/provenience (Br) n. A source or origin: 1) Place of origin; derivation. 2)a) The history of the ownership of an object, especially when documented or authenticated. Used of artworks, antiques, and books. b) The records or documents authenticating such an object or the history of its ownership.

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