Origin of artifact
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Historical Examples of artefact
Hence it is extremely difficult to distinguish what is preformed, and what is artefact.Histology of the Blood
Word Origin for artefact
older and alternative spelling of artifact (n.). Related: Artefactual; artefactually.
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.