The returned object was not a Mesopotamian artifact, at least not in a traditional sense.
And Romney as Remainderman is not a function of mere circumstance, but an artifact of explicit calculation.
Given how infrequently new copies of the map appeared on the market, collectors would bid handsomely for the artifact.
Today, a lack of provenance often means one of two things: an artifact is forged or an artifact was illegally acquired.
The novel is an artifact, which is why antiquarians cling to it so fervently.
Written about in religious books, love starts a journey from naturalness to artifact.
It was an artifact—a crumbling ruin, the remnant of an ancient structure whose original appearance I could not fathom.
The nature which science defines is an artifact or construct.
Finds from oystershell and artifact layer beneath topsoil southeast of the existing house.
artifact (L)—an object of human workmanship, especially one of prehistoric origin.
1821, artefact, "anything made by human art," from Italian artefatto, from Latin arte "by skill" (ablative of ars "art;" see art (n.)) + factum "thing made," from facere "to make, do" (see factitious). The spelling with -i- is by 1884, by influence of the Latin stem. Archaeological application dates from 1890.
artifact ar·ti·fact or ar·te·fact (är'tə-fākt')
A structure or substance not normally present but produced by an external agent or action, such as a structure seen in a microscopic specimen after fixation that is not present in the living tissue.
A skin lesion produced or perpetuated by self-inflicted action.
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