History vs Archaeology - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between history and archaeology

is that history is the aggregate of past events while archaeology is the study of the past by excavation and analysis of its material remains:.

As a verb history

is (obsolete) to narrate or record.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



Alternative forms

* historie (obsolete) * hystory (nonstandard) * hystorie (obsolete)


(wikipedia history) (wikiversity history lecture)
  • The aggregate of past events.
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  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=With some of it on the south and more of it on the north of the great main thoroughfare that connects Aldgate and the East India Docks, St.?Bede's at this period of its history was perhaps the poorest and most miserable parish in the East End of London.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2012, month=March-April, author=(Jan Sapp), volume=100, issue=2, page=164
  • , magazine=(American Scientist) , title= Race Finished , passage=Few concepts are as emotionally charged as that of race. The word conjures up a mixture of associations—culture, ethnicity, genetics, subjugation, exclusion and persecution. But is the tragic history of efforts to define groups of people by race really a matter of the misuse of science, the abuse of a valid biological concept?}}
  • The branch of knowledge that studies the past; the assessment of notable events.
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  • , volume=189, issue=13, page=18, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Lessons of past cast shadows over Syria , passage=History and experience act as a filter that can distort as much as elucidate. It is largely forgotten now, overlooked in the one-line description of Tony Blair and George W Bush as the men who lied about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, but there was a wider context to their conviction.}}
  • A set of events involving an entity.
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  • A record or narrative description of past events.
  • A list of past and continuing medical conditions of an individual or family.
  • A record of previous user events, especially of visited web pages in a browser.
  • (informal) Something that no longer exists or is no longer relevant.
  • Shared experience or interaction.
  • There is too much history between them for them to split up now.
    He has had a lot of history with the police.


    * (aggregate of past events) background, past * (record or narrative description of past events) account, chronicle, story, tale * medical history * log

    Derived terms

    * alternate history * antihistory * antihistoricist, antihistoricism * art history * call history * case history * credit history * family history * herstory * historian * historic * historical * historically * historiography * history repeats itself * life history * local history * medical history * microhistory * natural history * oral history * postal history * prehistory * prehistorian * prehistoric * prosecution history * pseudohistory


  • (obsolete) To narrate or record.
  • (Shakespeare)





    Alternative forms

    * (Commonwealth) * archeology (primarily USA)


  • The study of the past by excavation and analysis of its material remains:
  • * 1997 : Chris Horrocks, Introducing Foucault , pages 36,{1} 63,{2} and 64{3} (Totem Books, Icon Books; ISBN 1840460865)
  • {1} He first presented a complementary thesis on the Enlightenment philosopher Immanuel Kant' (1724–1804), in which he used the term “' archaeology ” for the first time, and which indicated the period of history to which he was constantly to return.
    {2} The latent grid of knowledge which organizes every scientific discourse and defines what can or cannot be thought scientifically — the process of uncovering these levels Foucault calls 'archaeology' .
    {3}Archaeology'”, as the investigation of that which renders necessary a certain form of thought, implies an excavation of unconsciously organized sediments of thought. Unlike a '''history of ideas''', it doesn’t assume that knowledge accumulates towards any historical conclusion. '''Archaeology''' ignores individuals and their histories. It prefers to excavate '''impersonal''' structures of knowledge.
    '''Archaeology''' is a task that ''doesn’t'' consist of treating discourse as signs referring to a real content like madness. It treats discourses, such as medicine, as '
    that form the objects of which they speak.
  • the actual excavation, examination, analysis and interpretation.
  • :
    The building's developers have asked for some archaeology to be undertakem.
  • the actual remains together with their location in the stratigraphy.
  • :
    The archaeology will tell us which methods of burial were used by the Ancient Greeks.
  • the academic subject; in the USA: one of the four sub-disciplines of anthropology.
  • :
    She studied archaeology at Edinburgh University.

    Derived terms

    * archaeologic * archaeological * archaeologist * dendroarchaeology * ethnoarchaeology * geoarchaeology * maritime archaeology * xenoarchaeology * zooarchaeology