An artifact or artefact (from Latin phrase arte factum, from ars skill + facere to make) is "something made or given shape by man, such as a tool or a work of art, esp an object of archaeological interest". "Artifact" is the only spelling in North American English, but other varieties of English also accept "artefact"
In archaeology, where there used, an artifact is an object recovered by archaeological endeavor, which may have a cultural interest.
Examples include stone tools, pottery vessels, metal objects such as weapons, and items of personal adornment such as buttons, jewelry and clothing. Other examples include bone that show signs of human modification, fire cracked rocks from a hearth or plant material used for food.