It seems to me that this word should be much older. However, it is a fairly new word that usually defines something that is quite old. When I think of this word visions of Indiana Jones pop into mind, an archeologist brushing through the dirt or crawling through a cave to find some ancient relic of a time long gone. What comes to mind when you hear the word artifact?
1815–25; variant of artefact < Latin phrase arte factum (something) made with skill.
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