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artefact

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Cytology a structure seen in tissue after death, fixation, staining, etc., that is not normally present in the living tissue

artefact

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artifact

any individual material object produced by a culture. The study of such objects is important in anthropology (see MATERIAL CULTURE). In ARCHAEOLOGY, the artefacts left behind by a society are the main means of reconstructing an account of that society.
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Changes to the environment not only affect patterns of stone artefact discard; they can also underlie post-depositional processes that rearrange artefact distributions.
"This indicates that a large part of these tools were not conceived from the outset as double artefacts but a single tool was made first and a second was added later when the artefact was recycled," the researcher indicated.
A close examination of the artefact revealed it was not a genuine one, but an imitation of Pharaonic and Phoenician artefacts dated back to the first and second millennium BC.
We claim that technical artefacts have a dual nature: the function of a technical artefact is grounded on the one hand in its physical structure and on the other hand in a context of intentional human action (see also Kroes, 2002).
infrequent) type of object increases as the size of the sample increases, but a very large sample may sometimes be required before all varieties of artefact are represented.
At a certain stage this allows him to define an artefact as 'an intentionally modified tool whose modified properties were intended by the agent to be recognized by an agent at a later time as having been intentionally altered for that, or some other, use' (29-30).
It will be presented in three main sections: The first will depict archaeologists' discovery of a find, and how the artefact is cleaned, processed, and carefully prepared for transport from the excavation site.
Because of unclear distinctions and the subjective nature of previous typological classifications, Hiscock and Attenbrow (1998, 2002) advocate the general term 'backed artefact' for the class of backed objects.
In this report we present a revised chronological sequence of backed artefact production rates from Capertee 3, a rockshelter immediately west of Sydney in the headwaters of the Hawkesbury River drainage basin.
Takeo authorities said on Monday that the province's residents were the main source of artefacts and statues received by its museums.
The oldest artefact from Pakistan is the "Aterracotta female human figurine"A which is estimated to be 5,000 years old.
The curator, Kwara office of National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Mrs Bimpe Oladele has called on the public to bring any artefact or report strange discoveries on sites to the Commission.