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I got a request to define the most fundamental terms used on this blog, and it made an excellent point. Within any specialty, one usually talks to other specialists— the most basic terms can be taken for granted, and the pursuit of complex concepts can conveniently overshadow more elemental ones. In answer, the Glossary Feature will bravely take on archaeology itself, and try to tackle not only its definition, but its meaning.
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. Continue reading