Culture (from Latin colere, ‘inhabit’, ‘cultivate’, ‘protect’, ‘honour with worship’) is one of the most widely used, and abused, words in English. Its meaning blurs and varies according to its context and who is describing it. In straightforward scientific terms, a culture is a living cell or group of cells encouraged to multiply in a medium outside the body. In archaeology, a culture is a collection of artefacts related to each other through the closeness of the region they were found in or the period they were believed to be from. Material culture has been associated with particular social groups as a means of ordering material data, although contemporary archaeologists are more sceptical of straightforward equations between artefact and societies. Read more..