The study of the past by excavation and analysis of its material remains:
the archeology of ancient Sumerians
the actual excavation, examination, analysis and interpretation.
‘The building's developers have asked for some archaeology to be undertakem.’;
the actual remains together with their location in the stratigraphy.
‘The archaeology will tell us which methods of burial were used by the Ancient Greeks.’;
the academic subject; in the USA: one of the four sub-disciplines of anthropology.
‘She studied archaeology at Edinburgh University.’;
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.
the branch of anthropology that studies prehistoric people and their cultures
Archaeology or archeology is the study of human activity through the recovery and analysis of material culture. Archaeology is often considered a branch of socio-cultural anthropology, but archaeologists also draw from biological, geological, and environmental systems through their study of the past.