ethnoarchaeology

or eth·no·ar·che·ol·o·gy

[eth-noh-ahr-kee-ol-uh-jee]
noun
  1. the branch of archaeology that studies contemporary primitive cultures and technologies as a way of providing analogies and thereby patterns for prehistoric cultures.

Origin of ethnoarchaeology

First recorded in 1970–75; ethno- + archaeology
Related formseth·no·ar·chae·ol·o·gist, noun
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