Origin of artifact
Examples from the Web for artifact
Today, a lack of provenance often means one of two things: an artifact is forged or an artifact was illegally acquired.Dismembering History: The Shady Online Trade in Ancient Texts|Candida Moss|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Given how infrequently new copies of the map appeared on the market, collectors would bid handsomely for the artifact.
This isn't a policy in any coherent sense of that word; it's an artifact of resentment, a self-defeating relic from another era.Obama Should End America’s Stupidest Foreign Policy: Isolating Cuba|Robert Shrum|February 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The essay itself seems an artifact of a dying tradition, and not just in its grandiosity.
There is a huge overlap, and this firewall is very much an artifact.America’s Depression Diagnoses Epidemic and How to Fix It|Jesse Singal|March 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It was an artifact—a crumbling ruin, the remnant of an ancient structure whose original appearance I could not fathom.Where the World is Quiet|Henry Kuttner
Finds from oystershell and artifact layer beneath topsoil southeast of the existing house.Contributions From the Museum of History and Technology|Ivor Noel Hume
Names and code numbers were assigned to each type of artifact.Handbook of Alabama Archaeology: Part I Point Types|James W. Cambron
This artifact reflects silver and pewter salt forms of about 1725.The Cultural History of Marlborough, Virginia|C. Malcolm Watkins
From the Tank Site the artifact yield per cubic foot almost doubled that of the 1947 season.The Topanga Culture Final Report on Excavations, 1948|A. E. Treganza
British Dictionary definitions for artifact
Word Origin and History for artifact
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.