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 History Terms – Glossary

Autobiography – An individual’s account of his or her life

Artifact – A material object of a culture such as a tool, an article of clothing or a prepared food

Archive – An accumulation of historical documents and records, or the physical repository in which they are located

Archaeology – The study of human history and prehistory through the excavation of sites and the analysis of physical remains

Anthropology – The study of humanity, culturally and physically, in all times and places. Forensic anthropology is the application of anthropological knowledge and techniques in a legal context, to detect crime and identify criminals. This involves detailed knowledge of osteology

Annals – Historical accounts of facts and events ranged in chronological order, year by year

Anachronism – a chronological inconsistency, in particular the introduction of an object, linguistic term, technology, idea, or anything else into a period in time to which it does not belong

Abstract – A summary of a textual source

Absolute Monarchy – A system of government headed by a monarch as the only source of power controlling all functions of the state

Architectural history – The study of buildings in their historical and stylistic contexts

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