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archaeology

noun [U] uk ( US also archeology)   /ˌɑː.kiˈɒl.ə.dʒi/ us    /ˌɑːr.kiˈɑː.lə-/
C1 the study of the buildings, graves, tools, and other objects that belonged to people who lived in the past, in order to learn about their culture and society
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in Korean 고고학…
in Arabic عِلْم الآثار…
in French archéologie…
in Turkish arkeoloji…
in Italian archeologia…
in Chinese (Traditional) 考古學…
in Russian археология…
in Polish archeologia…
in Spanish arqueología…
in Portuguese arqueologia…
in German die Archäologie…
in Catalan arqueologia…
in Japanese 考古学…
in Chinese (Simplified) 考古学…
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