ar·te·fact. noun. The definition of artefact is the British spelling of the word artifact, which means something made by humans during the past that represented some aspect about early human life. A pot or tool made by ancient Roman people and dug up by archaeologists is an example of an artefact.
Artifacts can be anything that has survived from the past. They can be physical, like a stone hand-axe for example or an 'intangible' artifact like a folk dance or song. Once something is considered to be an artifact it gains two uses: It's use today: to be examined, explored and curated (ie put in a museum) and to educate society about their past.
Definition of artifact. 1a : a usually simple object (such as a tool or ornament) showing human workmanship or modification as distinguished from a natural object especially : an object remaining from a particular period caves containing prehistoric artifacts.
What are examples of artifacts?