While exploring ancient ruins and forgotten temples, archaeologists and adventures love to stumble upon relics of a long-dead culture. Some of these objects have incredible cultural significance, while others are worth huge sums of money to collectors. Some are merely trinkets or curios to be displayed on a shelf, and serve as conversation pieces. There is a word for such objects, but how should it be spelled? Some writers prefer artefact, while others use artifact.
Like many such differences, this one can be attributed to spelling conventions in British and American English. British writers prefer one spelling, and Americans use the other. Continue reading to discover who uses which word.
Artefact as noun:
Use of Artefact:
Artefact is the British spelling of the noun and should be used if you belong to Britain, prefer Britain or are addressing British people. These are the older and original spellings of the word and are also used in countries like Australia and New Zealand.
Use of Artifact:
Artifact are the American spellings of the noun and if you are writing for an American audience, you will want to use the spelling artifact. Also if you are an American by origin, you might want to use these spellings.
Artefact or artifact:
Artefact and artifact are two versions of the same noun. They are only differentiated by the communities in which they are used. Both spellings refer to a man-made object of cultural or historical significance. Artefact is the British English spelling. Artifact is the American English spelling. You can remember to use artefact with British audiences since artefact and England both contain the letter E. Stick with artifact for American audiences. Now you know whether you should choose artifact or artefact, depending on your intended audience