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65 Examples of Artifacts

 , updated on August 27, 2022
An artifact is an item that was intentionally produced by humans. This includes historical artifacts that can be used to examine the past and modern artifacts that capture aspects of modern life such as culture and society. Historical artifacts are physical things such as a book or a work of art. Modern artifacts include intangible things such as a digital message, recording, document or photograph. The following are common examples of an artifact.
Advertising & Packaging
Armor
Arrow Heads
Art
Beads
Boats
Books
Carvings
Ceramics
Clocks & Watches
Clothing
Coffins / Burial Items
Coins
Contracts
Costumes
Crafts
Cutlery
Data
Decorative Items
Documents
Electronic Messages
Electronics
Equipment & Machines
Figurines
Films
Fixtures
Furniture
Games
Hieroglyphs
Jewellery
Keys & Locks
Legal Documents
Letters
Magazines
Maps
Masks
Medals & Badges
Medical Equipment
Movie Props
Musical Instruments
Nautical Instruments
Newspapers
Ornaments
Paintings & Prints
Photographs
Physical Media (e.g. LP records)
Plans
Posters
Pottery & Glassware
Public Records
Recordings
Religious Items
Scientific Instruments
Scrolls & Texts
Sculpture
Sports Equipment
Stamps
Statues
Tiles
Tools
Toys
Uniforms
Weapons
Weather Instruments
Writings
In a business context, an artifact is a document.

Counterexample

An artifact is intentionally produced and doesn't include things left behind by human processes by accident. For example, a footprint or a fire pit in not an artifact. These unintentional remains are known in archeology as features.
Overview: Examples of Artifacts
Type
Definition (1)
An item that was intentionally produced by humans.
Definition (2)
An item that was intentionally produced by humans that is relevant to understanding something such as culture, society, history or business.
Also Known As
Artefact (traditional British spelling)
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