Talk:Artifact (archaeology)

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merger with cultural artifact[edit]

I agree with the suggestion cultural artifact could be merged here. Boris 22:38, 24 October 2006 (UTC)

Seems that the merger was not carried out. Further discussion is at Talk:Cultural artifact. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk 15:49, 27 December 2010 (UTC)


at the moment this redirects here, but there is no mention of, or relevant link to, what is surely the commonest use of the word, namely to mean works of art from the ancient world, which may never have had an archaeological phase of existance at all, or whose archaeology is quite unknown. Johnbod 16:58, 3 November 2006 (UTC)

several things.i disagree on this phrase "any object made or modified by a human culture". i would escuude the world "culture". an artifact is not modified by a culture. it it modified by a human. cultures per say cannot modify anything (at least not in the physical realm). this article in general needs to be cleaned up and improved. i will work on it if i can. this is such an important part of archaeology it is terrible that this article is lacking so much. --Tainter 17:39, 8 December 2006 (UTC)


Are these artifacts useful to the people in the past?

Are these useful for us? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 02:19, 11 January 2007 (UTC).

If we had the technology to transport someone from the the present to the place where the dead go then we might have the answer.

Article title[edit]

Why is "artifact" spelt the American way but "archaeology" spelt the British way? Shouldn't the title be either Artefact (archaeology) or Artifact (archeology)? McLerristarr | Mclay1 04:17, 20 November 2010 (UTC)

It's been like that since the first edit. Is archeology the exclusive US spelling? Maybe we're in Canadian English. Johnbod (talk) 18:56, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
According to Oxford Dictionaries Online, both "artifact" and "archeology" are US spellings, although Canada, in all likelihood, has probably borrowed the American spellings. According to Oxford, "archaeology" is actually the most common spelling in America, with archeology a variant. It's possibly because archaeologists prefer older things, and "archaeology" is the older spelling. Well, case solved. McLerristarr | Mclay1 06:44, 22 November 2010 (UTC)

Meaning of the word[edit]

I can't find any evidence that artis means crafted and arte means enclosed or buried item. In fact the next sentence goes on to say that they are just different spellings from different places. So the words must have the same meaning. The text from the dictionary link defines the words as "something made or given shape by man, such as a tool or a work of art, esp an object of archaeological interest". Which fits well in this section.

"arte" + "factum" is not correct, the Latin root is "artificium", the thing that is made. Regardless, nothing to do with buried items, rather, items that have been crafted (which give evidence of their creators). VєсrumЬа TALK 16:42, 19 June 2012 (UTC)